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Praise for community effort involved in tackling a major gorse fire in west Donegal

Gorse fires affected the Annagry, Belcruit, Loughanure and Kincasslagh areas. Picture by Pacemaker Press

THE community effort involved in tackling a major gorse fire in west Donegal has been praised, as the public were last night urged to remain vigilant.

The extensive wild fire in the Annagry, Belcruit, Loughanure and Kincasslagh areas was brought under control by early yesterday morning after the blaze began on Monday.

Praising the efforts of those involved in the operation, Donegal County Council said around 100 firefighters were supported by auxiliary fire service from the Donegal Civil Defence and several hundred community volunteers.

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The Irish Coast Guard, An Garda Síochána, Irish Defence Forces, comprising of an Air Corp Helicopter with fire fighting capabilities and a platoon of infantry from Finnar Camp, Ballyshannon were also involved and aided by a fire appliance/water carrier from Donegal Airport.

"The responding agencies were hugely assisted by the community response in the area during the day where hundreds of local volunteers assisted both directly and indirectly," the council said.

"Donegal County Council would like to thank and acknowledge the co-operation and collaboration of the responding agencies and the local communities and volunteers during the wild fire.

"The notice of high fire risk remains effective up until Wednesday of this week for all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist."

Donegal County Council praised the efforts of those involved in the operation. Picture by Pacemaker

The council also appealed to landowners and members of the public to "exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires".

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