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Tipperary fire service urges people to be careful with gorse fires

The gorse fire in the Silvermines Mountains on Easter  Sunday which was tackled by North Tipperary fire service crews from Newport, Nenagh and Templemore  Picture: Bridget Delaney

The gorse fire in the Silvermines Mountains on Easter Sunday which was tackled by North Tipperary fire service crews from Newport, Nenagh and Templemore Picture: Bridget Delaney

North Tipperary Fire Service has urged people to take care when burning gorse and setting other scrubland fires.

The call came following two major fires in Silvermines and just across the County Offaly border outside Cloughjordan on Easter Sunday that required attention from the fire brigade.

“Our message is to be careful and watch what you are doing and to notify us when fires are being lit,” said Dave Carroll, chief fire officer. “Controlled burning should always be supervised.”

He revealed that Nenagh fire crew were already tacking a blaze outside Cloughjordan when they were called to the fire in Silvermines, which was also attended by Newport and Templemore fire services.

Both crews spent around five hours tackling the Silvermines blaze before leaving the mountainside when darkness fell. It is fire service policy not to have personnel on the mountain after dark in the case of a gorse fire.

However, Nenagh fire officers are continuing to monitor the affected area in Silvermines, but are hopeful that light rain on Sunday evening quenched the blaze.

It is understood that thousands of acres were destroyed between both blazes.

 
 
 

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