Following a weekend of fires that raged through Killarney National park, they have finally been fully extinguished with the help of firefighters, civil defence, local authorities, gardaí and the Air Corps.
Emergency services worked relentlessly throughout the weekend in an attempt to extinguish the fires while the Air Corps sent in helicopters to pick up water from the lake and douse it over the fires.
The helicopters are continuing to dampen down hot spots in the park and it’s hoped that they will no longer be required by the end of today.
Although a detailed damage assessment has yet to be carried out, it is estimated that the damage caused by the blaze extends to approximately 2,000 hectares and while a direct cause has not yet been found, an investigation is to continue.
Minister of State Malcolm Noonan stated that the number of wildlife rangers is to be increased to 50 and that a future role for the Defence Forces should be considered to ensure a rapid response to such instances.