Gorse fires caused weekend chaos

Fire crews dealing with mountain gorse fires in Killarney National Park.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

JUST weeks after a substantial part of Torc mountain was significantly damaged in a wildfire, the Kerry Fire and Rescue Service experienced another hectic weekend with a whopping 21 emergency call-outs to deal with, including 12 gorse fires.

On Friday night and Saturday morning fire crews were required to deal with gorse fires in Muckross, Knocknagoshel, Caragh Lake, Brosna and Moyvane.

Kerry Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to be vigilant about starting fires in the countryside as carelessness can endanger lives and cause severe damage to forests and wildlife as well as being a financial burden on the local authority.

On March 30 scenic areas and popular mountain walks in Killarney were closed off following a series of deadly overnight gorse fires on the mountains which caused extensive damage.

Kerry Fire Service members attended and contained a blaze which occurred in Killarney National Park.

The biggest task for the firefighters was to prevent the fire from spreading to Mangerton mountain and they succeeded in that task but the very dry night, without any dew to dampen the blaze, added to their problems.

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