FIRST BIG GORSE FIRE OF THE YEAR
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.