Hundreds of Acres Engulfed
The fire started in the early afternoon and raged into the night as dozens of hectares of gorse land ended up ablaze with the dry spell of weather and winds driving the ranging inferno cross country. The difficult terrain made life hard for the firefighters but they managed to gain control of the situation and bring the fire to managable proportions in the early hours of this morning.
The fire was visible for many miles as the thick dense smoke engulfed the immediate locality.
The exhausted fire crews were flat out ensuring that the blaze would not spread any further and the managed to bring order to the situation eventually.
At the time of publication, there were no reports of injuries or fatality although a number of properties were destroyed.
The Tipperary fire comes hot on the heels of similar fires in Wexford, Wicklow and Clare over the last few days, a number of which are thought to have been started deliberately. There is no indication at this stage as to how the Silvermines fire broke out.