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Air Corps helicopter fights Donegal forest fire

The Air Corps AW 139 helicopter has so far been successful in containing the spread of the fires near Glengesh in south Donegal.

Image provided by the Defence Forces shows the AW 139 Helicopter during a similar operation in 2011
Image provided by the Defence Forces shows the AW 139 Helicopter during a similar operation in 2011
Image: Irish Air Corps via Creative Commons/Flickr

AN AIR CORPS helicopter has been deployed to assist in fire-fighting efforts near Glengesh in south Donegal.

The Air Corps AW 139 helicopter, fitted with a specialist under slung Bambi Bucket, began is dropping water on fires near Glengesh at approximately 10 am. So far, it has dropped a total of 21,000 litres of water in 17 sorties on fires in accessible terrain, according to the Defence Forces.

Operations have been successful in containing the spread of the fire.

Troops from the 28 Infantry Battalion, 4 Western Brigade based in Finner Camp, County Donegal, have also been placed on standby to assist if needed.

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