Fire on Curracloe beach in Wexford brought under control

Update: 10pm: A fire on Curracloe beach in Wexford has been brought under control.

File image of Curracloe Beach in Wexford.

The Defence Minister Paul Kehoe has visited the popular tourist spot this evening, after it broke out in the sand dunes.

He met members of the emergency services and Air Corps, which were tasked with putting out the blaze.

An AW139 helicopter left Baldonnel just before 7pm after its help was needed.

Minister Kehoe is commending Wexford Fire Brigade, especially its chief Fire Officer Paul L'Estrange, Gardaí, the ambulance service and the Air Corps.

Earlier: Co Wexford beach evacuated over fire

A beach in Co Wexford is being evacuated due to a fire.

Emergency services are attending the scene to tackle the blaze.

It broke out at about a quarter past one this afternoon.

Gardaí and a number of fire brigade units are at the scene from the Raven to Curracloe.

They say the incident is ongoing and the beach reeds are on fire.

Speaking to Beat 102 103, Jack Tim Murphy from the Surf Shack Curracloe, says he raised the alarm.

He said:

We had surf lessons going on this morning and at half eleven we noticed smoke from the sand dunes and I phoned in straight away to the fire brigade, about 40 minutes later they were on the scene.

- Digital Desk


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