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There's A Massive Fire Raging In Galway Right Now

By mariemadden

May 9, 2017 at 9:21pm

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The Irish Army and Air Corps are among those who have been drafted in to help fight an enormous blaze in Galway this evening.

The fire started in a forest in the Cloosh Valley in Connemara this week and has now been branded a "regional emergency".

The fire took hold on land owned by Coillte, with The Farmers Journal reporting that 1,500ha of forestry and 2,000ha of bogland have been destroyed so far.

The situation is said to have been exacerbated by the high temperatures in Ireland over the past few days and is of particular concern due to the fact that Ireland's largest wind farm is located close to the site of the fire.

In a statement tonight, Coillte said that it hoped that a drop in temperature would help the efforts of the fire service.

"A regional emergency response operation is in now in place as Coillte staff, along with the fire service, army, and air corps, battle to bring the fire under control. It is hoped there will be some respite to the situation later this evening as temperatures are expected to drop."

Lead image via Coillte

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