Fire crews tackling blaze on Woodcock Hill

Fire crews tackling blaze on Woodcock Hill

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Update:

A helicopter has now joined the effort to bring the fire under control. The helicopter is dropping water on the fire which has spread to forestry.

Earlier: Fire crews are battling a major gorse fire believed to have started when a car crashed into a ditch.

The alarm was raised shortly after 5.00pm when the blaze on Woodcock Hill Co Clare was reported by passers-by.

Two units of the fire brigade from Shannon Town were initially mobilised to the scene.

Gardaí responded to the area also and soon located a burning car now believed to have started the blaze.

Additional units of the fire brigade from Limerick City were requested to mobilise to help tackle the fire while additional appliances from Ennis have also been sent to the scene.

Fire crews are working in challenging conditions to bring the fire under control. Temperatures in the mid to high 20s and rough terrain are making the task difficult for crews.

Firefighters are expected to be at the scene for several hours yet.

Gardaí from Shannon are investigating the incident.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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