Fire crews busy dealing with East Clare blazes

Fire crews busy dealing with East Clare blazes


Fire crews from Scarriff and Killaloe attended last nights fires – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Fire crews from two stations worked in to the early hours of this morning to bring a large mountain fire under control in East Clare.

Firefighters from Scarriff station fought several bog and forestry fires on Saturday and were joined by colleagues from Killaloe station when further incidents were reported yesterday.

Fires were first reported on Saturday close to forestry at Flagmount. Fire crews responded to the area while a helicopter was also used to tackle the blazes which threatened forestry and a log cabin at one location.

Further outbreaks occurred in the same area again yesterday resulting in fire crews being mobilised for a second time to deal with the blazes.

It’s understood that fires at Flagmount may have been started deliberately and that two cars carrying several youths were seen in the area around the time of the fires. Gardaí are investigating the incident and are believed to have a description of the vehicles.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Meanwhile, after dealing with the fires at Flagmount for a second day, fire crews were alerted last night to a large fire on a mountain at Woodfield in East Clare, a short distance from Mountshannon close to the Galway border.

Fire-fighters from Scarriff and Killaloe responded to the area which was difficult to access.

Fire personnel had to make their way across difficult terrain in the dark to reach the fires and spent several hours dealing with them while also contending with windy conditions.

There was no immediate indication of how this fire began.

The fires could be seen from some distance away including from the opposite side of Lough Derg in Co Tipperary.

meanwhile, fire crews from Ennistymon have also been dealing with outdoor fires in North Clare.



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.