FIRST BIG GORSE FIRE OF THE YEAR

Bray People - - NEWS -

Two units of Bray Fire Ser­vice bat­tled the first big gorse fire of the sea­son at Rocky Val­ley in Kil­macanogue last Thurs­day evening.

They were called to the scene of the blaze at around 7.45 p.m.

The crew of around 11 mem­bers spent ap­proach­ing three hours fight­ing the fire and en­sur­ing the area was se­cure.

It is heavy work, and re­quires a lot of time and at­ten­tion.

The fire fight­ers were work­ing on rough ter­rain and bat­tling the fire with a lot of smoke in the area.

While there were houses in the vicin­ity, the risk to those prop­er­ties was lim­ited.

The wind was go­ing in the other direc­tion, and the fire­men put the blaze out be­fore it could pose fur­ther risks.

Res­i­dents of the area also have fire breaks be- tween the prop­er­ties, with earth, low ground, and not al­low­ing gorse to grow there.

The oper­a­tion was suc­cess­ful and the fire­fight­ers put the fire out ad­e­quately.

This was later in the sea­son than usual, with gorse fires of­ten start­ing in spring, how­ever those months were very wet this year.

Any mem­ber of the pub­lic who sees such a fire un­der­way is urged to call 999.

The gorse fire bur­ing on Car­ri­goona Hill.

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