Fire Service In Appeal To Landowners After Busiest 24 Hours In Years

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The Fire Service are appealing to landowners not to set fires on their land. File Photo

THE Kerry Fire and Rescue Service are appealing to land and commonage owners not engage in burning gorse after what they described as the busiest 24 hour period in recent years.

Units of Kerry Fire and Rescue Service responded to 26 calls to wild-land fires (including gorse, bog, grass, mountain, and woodland) involving 19 separate incidents in 10 locations across the county, with one on the Limerick/Kerry border area at Blanebridge, Athea.

The first call out was at 2.30 pm yesterday afternoon and the last units were back at base at 03:30 am this morning,  April 9.

Incidents were spread throughout the county, from Gleensk and Sneem to Muingnaminane and Knocknagoshel, with the largest concentration in the Mangerton uplands areas near Muckross with some penetration into Killarney National Park.

All the units of Kerry Fire and Rescue Service were committed at one time or another.

It is understood that Gardai are investigating the circumstances and possible causes of some of the later incidents, especially in the Mangerton uplands area and in the Killarney National park.

Kerry Fire and Rescue Service are appealing to land and commonage owners to exercise extreme caution with fire and never to engage in burning without notifying the Regional Control Centre in advance. They say human lives can easily be put at unintended risk.

Changing weather can play a major and uncontrollable role with wild-land fire spread.

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