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Gorse fire causes damage in West Clare

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Over forty acres of gorse was burnt in a fire across West Clare today.

A road closure was implemented along the R474 Ennis to Miltown Malbay Rd between the Hand and Inagh following the outbreak of the fire on Tuesday morning.

Twenty seven fire personnel from Kilrush, Ennis and Ennistymon had to deal with the gorse fire which required three fire tenders, two water tankers and two jeeps.

Emergency services successfully stopped the fire before it reached any forestry in the area and no property was damaged.

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No cause has been given for the blaze which started close to the main road at the R474.

Following today’s events, Clare Chief Fire Officer Adrian Kelly is reminding individuals of the dangers of uncontrolled burning of waste and other materials. “Uncontrolled burning can result in loss of life as well as damage to property. It is often mistakenly seen as a cheap method of managing waste and it is presumed not to be harmful to the environment, but nothing could be further from the truth. Controlled burning should follow the procedure of ensuring that any burning is pre-planned and takes place in a controlled fashion. The Fire Service must also be notified through the 999/112 system prior to any burning taking place.”

Video courtesy of Lorigan Media.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ,, A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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