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Council praises Donegal firefighters 11.04.13

DONEGAL County Council has renewed its appeal to land owners and the public to take all necessary measures to prevent gorse, heather and forestry fires.
It is hoped that light rainfall in parts of the county overnight will help dampen the undergrowth and ease pressure on the Fire Service. Fire-fighters have responded to well over 100 gorse fire call-outs since March 28.
Our pictures - captured by photographers Sean McDonagh, Adam Rory Porter and Derek Doherty - show the horrific blaze as it raged through Fahan Hill near Buncrana threatening homes earlier this week.
The frightening blaze on Gollan Hill as seen from the Fahan Marina. Photo: Sean McDonagh. To view more photos click here .
The local authority acknowledged the hard work and dedication of fire-fighters in Inishowen and all over the county who have "been working in challenging circumstances".
"We would also like to convey our appreciation for the support that the Fire Service has received from the various communities affected by these fires," the Council said in a statement.
An unseasonably long period of dry weather has left gorse, heather and undergrowth extremely dry.
"Fires are likely to spread rapidly and get out of control causing unnecessary damage and putting houses, property and possibly life at risk. These fires also interfere with wildlife breeding and nesting and, in many cases, can decimate the local wildlife population."
Donegal County Council has reminded landowners and members of the public that under the Wildlife Act 1976 and the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 it is an offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated between March 1 and August 31 annually.
The Council has urged people not to engage in activities that could contribute to an increase in instances of fires at this time.
"We are urging all land owners and members of the public to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services."
To view more photos of the gorse fires click here .
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