Defence forces are en route from Finner Camp to help bring a raging gorse near Loughanure under control.

Two helicopters have also been despatched to assist fire crews and locals who have been battling the blaze since this morning (Monday).

Cllr Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig who is helping at the scene confirmed that army personnel were on the way.

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

This latest fire broke out earlier today near Loughanure. The Dungloe to Loughanure road is among those closed and diversions are in place. Members of the public are urged to avoid the area if at all possible.

Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig is among those trying to stem the spread of the inferno. He took to social media this morning 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.

Reports from the area suggest that major damage is being caused.

Effort

This follows a devastating and widespread fire 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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