Roads have been closed and caution is urged as fire crews and members of the community tackle another major blaze in the Rosses.

This latest fire broke out this morning (Monday) and is near to Loughanure. The Dungloe to Loughanure road has been closed and diversions are in place. Members of the public are urged to avoid the area if at all possible.

Cllr Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig is at the scene, helping to battle the blaze. He took to social media to warn people that the fire was raging in Croc, Loch an Iúir. Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said it was moving towards the Railway Line. He urged people to spread the word, asking anyone who was in a position to help to do so.

"The fire is spreading very fast," he said.

Effort

This follows a devastating inferno on Good Friday that saw one home gutted and huge damage to the surrounding countryside. Only for an immense community effort, many more homes and perhaps even lives would have been lost.

Indeed, it has been a very busy weekend for crews battling gorse fires all around the county.

Fire spreads very fast at this time of year because there is not much growth of grass in the hedgerows and in areas around gorse.

People are asked not to light outdoor fire and to dispose of cans, glass and cigarette butts properly. Incidents such as this put huge strain on resources, taking crews into remote areas, thus greatly impacting their ability to respond to other arising emergencies.

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