As the scorching weather continues around the country, emergency services have recently been busy dealing with an increasing number of mountain and forestry fires. Yesterday, however, it was Curracloe Beach in Wexford which saw crews battle a huge blaze sweeping across the sand dunes.
Crews from Wicklow Fire Service fought to prevent the blaze from spreading and were assisted by the Air Corps who dropped a staggering 44,400 litres of water from above. Members of the public were asked to refrain from flying drones in the area which only impedes the operation similar to the problem during the Bray Head fire last week.
Hundreds of families and beachgoers were evacuated from the beach which was soon engulfed by huge plumes of smoke. There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire thanks to the bravery and hard work of everyone involved. The exact cause of the blaze has not been established but it is believed to have been started from a BBQ.
These shots show the extent of the damage from last night's fire at Curracloe beach. The Air Corps assisted Wexford Fire Service by dropping 44,400 litres of water on the fire! #strengthenthenation #IAC #joinourteam photo:Jack Meehan pic.twitter.com/QvZicR5NxR
— Irish Air Corps (@IrishAirCorps) July 23, 2018