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Dublin: 17 °C Monday 19 August, 2019

Dublin Mountains gorse fire sparks warning for people during dry weather

Dublin Fire Brigade said it was ‘hard to say’ what started last night’s fire.

Fire Journal 1 Source: PHILLIP J WELLS

DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE are warning people to be careful while out after fighting a massive gorse fire last night.

Three fire engines from Tallaght, Rathfarnham and Donnybrook stations dealt with the gorse fire in the Dublin Mountains last night.

Fire Journal 3 Source: PHILLIP J WELLS

It’s unknown what caused the fire, but it’s thought that particularly dry weather could have been a contributing factor.

“It has been dry for a few days now and vegetation is dry,” Dublin Fire Brigade said on Twitter. “Please take care with rubbish, cigarettes and BBQs if out and about.”

Fire Journal 2 Source: PHILLIP J WELLS

Fire engines from the Kilbarrack ‘D Watch’ also dealt with a gorse fire last night in Howth.

In the last weekend in March, a total of 15 wildfires were recorded in at least seven different counties including Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Galway, Donegal, Louth and Mayo.

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) said that the illegal burning of vegetation was almost certainly to blame.

Fire Journal 4 Source: PHILLIP J WELLS

“Every year we see the same wildlife wiped-out as hillsides and bogs get torched,” the IWT’s Pádraix Fogarty said at the time, saying that setting fire to vegetation is illegal between 1 March and 31 August but that farmers routinely break this law.

Photographer Phillip J Wells took these images while on his way home and phoned the Fire Brigade. You can view more of his work on Twitter or on his website.

Read: A dry weekend has sparked a series of gorse fires across Ireland

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