Fire services in Galway had to bring a gorse fire under control yesterday evening.

The blaze broke out close to the Rahoon Road on the outskirts of the city, according to RTÉ.

The fire spread through an area near to the Boleybeg townland and smoke was visible from nearby Knocknacarra.

Last night, fire services said that the blaze had been effectively brought under control.

Galway City and Athenry firefighters were supported by colleagues from An Ceathrú Rua in their operations.

This comes after yesterday’s confirmation that a status orange forest fire warning was extended to Monday afternoon.

The Department of Agriculture says the dry weather recently has created a high-fire risk among dead grasses and shrubs.

The use of fires or barbeques around forests or high risk lands should be avoided, and any visitors to wood land should obey bye-laws.


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