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Reports of serious Gorse Fires in Galway


Glucose

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There are serious gorse fires in at least two areas around Galway City, Barna and Oranmore.

Many houses are being evacuated.

Several houses are under serious threat.

Emergency crews are at the scene.
 

Glucose

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Roads being closed and many houses under threat. Strong winds are making fires worse
 

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Copied from Irish Weather Online facebook page....
 

Glucose

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Galway advertiser Facebook page have lots of photos
 

drummed

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In these winds that's a bad situation. All you can really do is get out of the way i'm afraid. Hope there's no sheep out there.
 

gatsbygirl20

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The incredible dryness and hardness, as well as those strong dry winds, create a tinder-box scenario..
 

drummed

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Huge gorse fires in Scotland too. What's going on?
The cold winds have dried out the vegetation and any sort of spark will ignite and be driven along at speed in these conditions. What caused the spark is another matter. Could be anything, lot of people out over the weekend, only takes one careless type. A tractor exhaust will give off sparks, someone could have started it. The conditions are perfect right now for a big fire.
 

Glucose

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The fire in Barna is huge. You can see it For miles. It has crossed a road and beginning to burn in two areas now.
 

drummed

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The fire in Barna is huge. You can see it For miles. It has crossed a road and beginning to burn in two areas now.
At least ye have heat i suppose. Its freezing here for months now.
 

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Only nine days in the last fifty with any rain in the Cois Fharraige (Barna to Tully) area and only one of these days (March 8th) had significant rain, so very dry conditions down here. There was a gorse fire here in Spiddal yesterday also but it was put out after a couple of hours.
 

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Only nine days in the last fifty with any rain in the Cois Fharraige (Barna to Tully) area and only one of these days (March 8th) had significant rain, so very dry conditions down here. There was a gorse fire here in Spiddal yesterday also but it was put out after a couple of hours.
Did ye find out what ignited the fire?
 

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Urbanite!
Could well have been. Down on their Easter holliers from the big smoke.
The Barna fire looks like it's up near the top of the Cappagh rd?
 

Deep Blue

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I wouldn't be too quick to apportion blame to the Townies just yet...
Farmers are always urged not to clear gorse after March 1st, because of dangers to wildlife, ground-nesting birds, etc.

The problem this season was that it rained almost ceaselessly from August, and they missed their chances in Winter...
 

tipp revolution

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At least ye have heat i suppose. Its freezing here for months now.
That would be funny if it wasnt so serious - with the snow in the north and now this .... definny a 13 kind of year
 
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