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Cloonfinglis gorse fire under control

A large gorse fire near Fairymount was brought under control in the early hours of this morning by members of Roscommon Fire Service.

Ballaghaderreen Fire Brigade assisted by colleagues from Elphin and Boyle along with Coillte staff fought the blaze in the townland of Cloonfinglis.

There was fear the blaze would spread to adjacent Coillite owned forest so a Eurocopter 120 from Executive Helicopters was brought in to provide aerial support.

Using a bambi bucket, they obtained water from bog holes and dropped it on the fire.

Firefighters remained at the scene most of Thursday.

(Pic via James Gannon Twitter)


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