County fire service has responded to 16 wildfires since Monday

County fire service has responded to 16 wildfires since Monday
Bantry and Schull crews dealing with gorse fire lasy week. Image: @corkcountyfire

Fire services around the county have responded to 16 wildfires since Monday, in addition to numerous other incidents.

This afternoon (Wednesday) the Cork County Fire Service said crews in Bandon, Carrigaline, Midleton, Bantry, Castletownbere, Schull, Skibbereen, Dunmanway and Clonakilty brigades had responded to wildfires across the county this week.

An Orange Forest Fire warning is in effect, and will remain in place until midday on 3rd April.

“Again we must stress that since 1st March it is illegal for landowners to burn off scrub, vegetation etc. from the land. These fires can draw important fire brigade resources away from responding to other emergency calls, especially at this current time when our resources may be required elsewhere,’ Cork County Fire Service said in a statement on social media.

Meanwhile, it said that since the current spate of gorse fires started last Thursday, brigades throughout the county have responded to 33 other incidents including ambulance assists, chimney fires, road traffic collisions, automatic alarms, domestic fires, a carbon monoxide alarm and a gas leak in a barbeque.

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