With Ireland’s current heat spell sweeping the nation, an increased number of bog fires have broken out. We earlier brought you the news of a family of fives home being burnt to the ground. This coincided with thousands of acres of gorse, forestry and bog being hit with widespread fires.
Two units of Roscommon Fire Service remained at the scene yesterday evening, trying to contain the blazes which took off two days previously. Dry and windy experienced throughout the country has meant there were countless fires reported in rural areas.
One of the countries worst hit areas was Ballaghaderreen, where fires began early Saturday morning. Boyle and Roscommon fire brigades fought and continue to fight the blazes.
People in these areas are urged to take special care and pay attention to local areas as several fires were still in full blaze just north of Ballaghaderreen town.Several houses, bar the one previously mentioned, were saved although a large amount of forestry at Largan Hill was unfortunately destroyed. While gorse and boglands were also badly burned in Cloontia and Bockagh areas near Ballaghaderreen.
The Irish Wildlife trust is calling anybody who see's forest/gorse fires to report them as soon as possible.