7.6 C
Ireland
Monday, May 17, 2021

Firefighters tackle blaze at Killarney National Park

Firefighters continue to tackle a blaze which broke out at midnight at Killarney National Park in Kerry.

The army helicopter has been called in to assist the fire service along with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Kerry County Council.

The fire, which was fanned by a strong breeze, broke out deep in the park with the last fire being this severe in 1984.

Mayor of Kerry Cllr Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen stated, “This is absolutely shocking to see a fire so bad in the national park. The destruction of wildlife and habitat already is huge. The next few hours will be critical to see if it can be contained,”.

The helicopter is using water from the lake to douse over the fire.

The Department of Housing and Heritage has asked that people be cautious on the N71 as visibility in the area has been hindered by smoke.

POPULAR

COVID-19: 360 new confirmed cases in Ireland

Health officials have confirmed that 360 more cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Ireland. The figures did not...

Cyber attack on HSE will cost tens of millions to resolve – CEO Paul Reid

It will cost the State “tens of millions” of euro to resolve the network system impacted by last week’s cyber attack on...

August at the earliest for non-essential international travel – Varadkar

It will be “August at the earliest” before non-essential international travel can take place again, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said.

POLL: Should Ireland develop a stronger economic relationship with China?

Over the past several decades China's economy has grown exceptionally, making the nation one of the strongest economically in the world.
Ireland
clear sky
7.6 ° C
7.8 °
7.2 °
84 %
2.8kmh
7 %
Tue
13 °
Wed
13 °
Thu
15 °
Fri
10 °
Sat
9 °