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Fire crews battle fires near Kilmaley

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Fire crews from Ennis, Ennistymon and Kilrush battled the bog fire for several hours – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Firefighters from Ennis, Kilrush and Ennistymon battling a major bog fire between Darragh and Kilmaley this evening. Pic Pat Flynn

Firefighters from Ennis, Kilrush and Ennistymon battling a major bog fire between Darragh and Kilmaley this evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Fire crews from Ennis, Ennistymon and Kilrush have been battling bog fires between Darragh and Kilmaley.

The fire was reported at around 4.00pm. On arrival, fire crews from Ennis realised they would require additional assistance and resources to tackle the blaze.

Fire appliances and personnel from Kilrush were initially sent to help out. As the fire quickly spread however, three further units were mobilised from Ennistymon station.

Changing winds swept flames up to 12 feet into the air sometimes forcing fire crews to retreat. As the flames raced across the landscape fire fighters battled to keep up with the fire.

Fire crews were also sent to investigate a report that the fire was getting dangerously close to one private home.

The Regional Fire Control Centre in Limerick confirmed that fire crews across the entire province of Munster have been fighting similar blazes for most of the day.

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Smoke from the fires on Ben Dash were visible for miles around. This photo was taken more than 6 miles away in Connolly.

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