The scale of the gorse fire that swept across part of West Donegal yesterday has become even more evident.

Two houses were gutted following the incident in the Annagry area.

Local people assisted by several units of the fire brigade, from several fire stations, rushed to the scene in a bid to save the homes.

Gardaí in Bunbeg are investigation the cause of the blaze and have asked anyone with information to come forward.

Raidio na Gaeltachta journalist Aodh Máirtín Ó Fearraigh posted up this video.

The fire came just hours after a warning from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

It issued a notice of high fire risk (Condition Orange) effective from midday on Thursday for all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist.

It has advised that these conditions will persist until at least midday on the 23 April.

Donegal County Council has appealed to landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and similar.

Land owners and members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire Service by dialling 999 or 112.

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