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Gorse fire alert in Inishowen 23.04.19

LOCAL fire brigades have attended gorse fires in the Carndonagh and Buncrana areas of Inishowen on Sunday and Monday. There was concern that if some fires had not been brought under control they could have spread towards nearby homes.
Donegal County Council is appealing to land owners and members of the public, in Inishowen, to exercise caution to prevent gorse and heather fires. The local authority warned that out-of-control fires had the potential to put lives at risk and threatened wildlife.
The notice of high fire risk (condition orange) remains effective for all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist.
A wildfire broke out at approximately 6am yesterday at Annagry in West Donegal and continued to burn yesterday afternoon in the Annagry, Belcruit and Loughanure areas. Fifteen fire appliances from twelve brigade areas were deployed at the scene.
Donegal firefighter in action.
Donegal County Council appeals to landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse and heather.
Land owners and members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire Service by dialling 999 or 112.
The council is also urging landowners and members of the public in Inishowen not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires.
House holders or building owners in areas susceptible to wildfire are advised to remove or cut back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity of their house, building or oil tank to prevent wildfires damaging or destroying their property.
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