Gorse fires: no arrests yet

GARDAI have confirmed that no arrests have been made to date in relation the gorse fires which wreaked havoc across the county earlier this month.

A senior Garda in Glenties told the Donegal News that they were still ‘looking into’ reports that fires had been started illegally.

Superintendent Michael Finan, of Glenties Garda Station, said their investigations into the fires were still ongoing.


“We received a number of reports in relation to these fires and we are still following up on those reports. However, if anyone has any information in relation to these fires they should contact Glenties Garda Station,” Superintendent Finan said.

At the time, fire chiefs described the fires as the worst they had experienced in living memory.
Up to 125 fire fighters, 200 army personnel, five helicopters and hundreds of locals across the Glenties, Dungloe, Portnoo, Falcarragh, Doochary, Lettermacaward, Inishowen and Kerrykeel areas fought raging wildfires for six days until rain finally brought them under control.  It may take a decade for the environment to recover.

Three Air Corps helicopters were deployed in Donegal, using special buckets to drop more than 1,200 litres of water at a time on burning gorse, heather and bogland.


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