The fire crews were busy throughout the night last night dealing with gorse fires that ranged over a broad area of Straide, Foxford and Swinford.

While fire crews in county Roscommobn battled a gorse fire between Frenchpark and Castlerea.

In county Galway gorse fires raged in the Menlough, Balliasloe and Mountbellew arean

A Fire Risk warning for western counties is in operation by the dept of Agriculture. It remains in place until tomorrow with warm temperatures, dry ground and strong winds providing dangerous conditions for the spread of fire.

Speaking to Midwest News today Foxford based councillor Neil Cruise pleaded with landowners to stop a recent practice of lighting gorse fires in the dark. He said its an unnecessary risk to communities and properties.

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