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Firefighters battle 150-acre gorse fire

Approximately 150-acres have been damaged following a gorse fire in Co. Kerry.

The incident occurred in the Dinis region of Killarney National Park last night (Sunday, March 29th).

Two units from Kenmare and Killarney Fire Services and Kerry County Council battled the blaze, according to the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht.

Public appeal 

The National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) is appealing to the public to stop setting gorse fires.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Aside from diverting emergency services, it is illegal to burn land at this time and those that do, face penalties.”

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“It’s now prime season for nesting birds, breeding mammals & regeneration of growth & habitats after winter NPWS appeals to public to stop setting gorse fires.” the spokesperson concluded.

Image source: Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht Twitter

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