The hot weather has ensured a busy bank holiday weekend for fire-fighting emergency services with the Irish Air Corps and Dublin Fire Brigade called into action.
The Air Corps revealed that they had two helicopters engaged in trying to get fires under control in the midlands and west of Ireland.
Separate to the fires, an air ambulance transfer from Cork to Dublin was also completed.
Dublin Fire brigade had crews from Dublin bases Kilbarrack and North Strand fighting fires in the sand dunes of Dollymount Strand/Bull Island earlier today.
Firefighters used water and gorse beaters to extinguish the fire. The mission was successful and the blaze was put out.
We have crews from Kilbarrack and North Strand fighting fires in the sand dunes of Dollymount Strand/Bull Island presently.
Firefighters are using water and gorse beaters to extinguish the fire.
There is a RED FIRE WARNING in place.#HoldFirm #BankHolidayWeekend pic.twitter.com/Yk1OYlhhNm
— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) May 31, 2020
Yesterday, Blanchardstown firefighters were called out to a grass fire in Tyrellstown, west Dublin. “So far this weekend we have been called out to numerous vegetation fires,” confirmed the Fire Brigade.
The Department of Agriculture has issued a red fire warning – the most extreme warning level – for the June bank holiday weekend. This means no barbecues are allowed in forested or open areas.
“Under extreme fire risk conditions any ignition source in upland vegetation will give rise to rapid and unpredictable wildfire development and spread,” the Department said in a statement.A member of the Irish Air Corps flying over a smoky Irish landscape todayA Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesperson said the service was called to a grassland fire within the nature reserve at Belfast Harbour Estate this afternoon.
“There are currently nine fire appliances with approximately 40 firefighters at the scene, including a high volume pump and a command support unit.
“This fire is generating high volumes of smoke across North Belfast and the city centre,” the spokesperson added.
Since Friday morning, the NIFRS regional control centre has received 729 calls resulting in a response to 396 incidents across Northern Ireland, 134 of these have involved grass and wildfire.
Yesterday, firefighters tackled a large forest fire near an explosives plant in Clonagh on the Kildare-Meath border.
In Cork, crews from Ballincollig and Cork City Fire Brigade headquarters dealt with a “substantial fire in Waterfall involving numerous scrap cars and oil drums”.