Gorse fires in West Donegal have claimed land and even threatened certain properties.
The fires are believed to have started this morning and due to the high temperatures, are continuing to rage on.
Located between Loughanure and Annagry, some members of the public took matters into their own hands to extinguish the flames.
1600hrs AW139 Heli equipped for fire fighting operations deploying to Donegal to assist local authorities with gorse fires. There are also 36 troops ready to deploy from Finner Camp to assist with fire fighting operations on the ground. #ÓglaighnahÉireann #strengthenthenation pic.twitter.com/YFCcdm3dXT
— Óglaigh na hÉireann (@defenceforces) April 22, 2019
Re Donegal, there is currently one AW139 helicopter equipped for fire fighting operations en-route to assist local authorities from Baldonnel Aerodrome. There are also 36 troops based in Finner Camp set to deploy in assistance to fire fighting operations. @IrishAirCorps
— Paul Kehoe T.D (@campaign4kehoe) April 22, 2019
— Jimmy Stafford (@JimmystaffordDJ) April 22, 2019
One fireman working at the scene said it was one of the “most dangerous” fires he’d seen.