Firefighters are at scene of Curragh blaze


Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Emergency services at scene of Curragh fire

The fire scene

Fire Service personnel are at the scene of a fire on the Curragh plains this afternoon.

The  cause of the fire was not immediately apparent but it appears to have started on gorse near Kildare town.

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The blaze has taken hold on a section of land close to where a caravan encampment has been in place for a number of weeks.

A fire services water tanker is also at the scene.

It's the second fire in County Kildare in a few days.

A fire broke out on bogland between Allenwood and Killina at the weekend.

Air Corps helicopters conducted 44 water drops in a bid to bring that blaze under control.

The aftermath of that fire scene is now being managed by Bord na Mona personnel.