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Fire calms at Galway mega-farm

Crews ‘suppress’ blaze, weekend rain to dampen reignition risk

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The threat to SSE and Coillte’s 169MW Galway mega-farm from a massive gorse fire has eased after the blaze was “suppressed”, according to the developers.

Army, Air Corps and fire crews joined Coillte staff in the effort that extinguished the flames late last night in and around the under construction project in the Cloosh Valley.

On Tuesday night the fire had escalated with flames no more than 40 metres from some turbines at one point earlier in the week.

A number of so-called hot spots remain and there is still some risk the fire could reignite, the developers said.

Coillte staff and army personnel remain on-site to monitor ground conditions.

“With stable weather conditions and the forecast of rain on Saturday evening, it is hoped that there will no further resurgence of the fire,” a statement said.

The wider gorse fire that has destroyed more than a quarter of the 4000-hectare Cloosh Valley forest is also now under control.

Image: SSE

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