Council says Condition Orange fire hazard warning remains in place

Donegal County Council is urging extreme vigilance as a Condition Orange fire warning remains in place until at least tomorrow.
The council says the extensive wild fire in West Donegal in the areas of Annagry, Belcruit, Loughanure and Kincasslagh concluded late last night and into the early hours of this morning.
There were also other fires in recent days in West Donegal, as well as in the Milford area.
Donegal County Council says 13 Fire Brigade units, totalling 16 appliances and a further 12 support vehicles responded to the event and were assisted by an auxiliary fire service from the Donegal Civil Defence.
The Donegal County Council Fire Service was supported by the Irish Coast Guard, An Garda Síochána, The Irish Defence Forces, comprising of an Air Corp Helicopter with fire fighting capabilities and a platoon of infantry from Finnar Camp, Ballyshannon, and was further aided by a fire appliance / water carrier from Donegal Airport.
Crucially, the responding agencies were hugely assisted by the community response in the area during the day where hundreds of local volunteers assisted both directly and indirectly.
Donegal County Council would like to thank and acknowledge the co-operation and collaboration of the responding agencies and the local communities and volunteers during the wild fire.
A Condition Orange high fire risk notice remains effective up until tomorrow, with the council is urging landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and other dry and dead vegetation.
House holders or building owners in areas susceptible to wildfire are advised to remove or cut back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity of their house, building or oil tank to prevent wildfires damaging or destroying their property.


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