Gorse fires rage in Inishowen
GORSE fires raged
across Inishowen at the weekend threatening homes,
killing wildlife and destroying natural habitats.
Firefighters battled blazes on Sliabh Sneacht
mountain between Buncrana and Carndonagh while a
gorse fire at Kinnego Hill, near the Illies,
Buncrana, led to concerns for some dwellings in its
The Inishowen fires were among 16 reported across
the county over the weekend with a number also
taking place in the west including Dungloe.
The gorse blaze at Kinnego Hill including the
Fallask area, was among the worst, said Donegal
chief fire officer Bobby McMenamin.
He said three fire
tenders had to be deployed on Sunday evening to the
Kinnego Hill area to get the fires under control and
protect homes in its path.
"We had to try and protect the houses as the fire
came down the hill," said Mr McMenamin.
The chief fire officer said it was possible some of
the weekend fires may have been started deliberately
while others were likely accidental.
He warned that the dry, sunny and breezy conditions
in recent days were conducive to the spread of fire
and he urged people not to light fires in the