Fire fighters battle massive gorse fire on Dublin/Wicklow mountains

Units of Dublin Fire Brigade are currently dealing with a massive gorse fire that broke out on the Dublin/Wicklow mountains earlier this evening.

Strong winds are helping the fire spread faster Pic : Ben Nolan Twitter
Strong winds are helping the fire spread faster Pic : Ben Nolan Twitter

The blaze broke out at the Tibradden area of the mountains near Glencullen and residents in the area reported a strong smell of smoke in at the air before the blaze took hold.

The fire is visible across  Tallaght, Rathfarnham, Stepaside and Sandyford.

 

Dublin Fire Brigade said on their twitter feed that the fire, which is believed to have started shortly after 6 pm, was a substantial one.

“We’ve three pumps enroute to a gorse fire near Tibradden in the Dublin/Wicklow mountains.”

“They are currently attempting to access the fire, which appears to be in a remote part of the mountains.”

Fire officers have also advised anyone in the area who is worried about the smoke, which is being carried by strong winds to close their windows.

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