Latest: Air Corps tackling 'extremely dangerous' wildfires in six counties

Update - 2.12pm: The Air Corps says it is tackling wildfires in six counties across the country.

Helicopters have dropped around 300,000 litres of water in Dublin, Wicklow, Limerick, Cork, Tipperary and Offaly.

Conditions at the Slieve Bloom mountains on the Laois-Offaly border are said to be very dangerous.

Drivers travelling on the M7 are being warned that visibility is poor due to thick smoke in the area.

Speaking to Midlands 103, retired District Manager with Coillte Richard Whelan says the fire is moving fast;

Mr Whelan said: "It's burning right through the forest, but also it's running up the trees, 40 to 50 feet and that is very dangerous and very hot conditions.

"Also, last night when I was up there, it was circling as well, so it is extremely dangerous for anybody to go in there."

12.11pm: Here's what you can do to prevent forest fires as Coillte tackles blazes in three counties

Coillte is re-iterating its appeal for people to be extra vigilant about the dangers of wildfires as the dry weather continues into next week.

Coillte is fighting a number of fires nationwide today.

    These include:

  • Slieve Bloom Mountains where a large area has been burned after a fire spread into a forest area from open moorland. This is a significant fire that is dangerous and difficult to fight and along with a Coillte helicopter the Air Corps is now also assisting Coillte, alongside the Laois County Fire Service and members of the Defence Forces.
  • A significant fire in Kildalkey in County Meath.
  • Fires in the Dublin mountains.

The State-owned commercial forestry company has fire patrols for every forest, have built fire breaks, and have specialised equipment in high-risk areas.

They have recommended five things to prevent forest fires.

    Five steps to stop forest fires:

  • DO NOT light fires and be careful of all activity involving fires
  • REPORT any suspicious activity you may observe
  • REPORT any forest fires you see to local fire brigade
  • DO NOT approach forest fires under any circumstance, they are extremely dangerous
  • KEEP access points and forest entrances clear for emergency services

9.47am: Dublin Fire Brigade believe FIVE fires in Dublin park last night were started maliciously

Dublin Fire Brigade has said five different fires in Dublin's Bushy Park last night may have been started maliciously.

Crews attended the scene in Terenure yesterday while also attending early morning gorse fires in Ticknock, Citywest and Glencullen.

A 'Condition Red' fire alert remains in place because vegetation is still very dry.

Dublin Fire Brigade is warning against lighting open fires or barbeques.


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