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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Fire brigades battle numerous blazes across the county

Fire brigades were feeling the heat today as they battled gorse, field, and ditch fires right across the county of Limerick.

Fire were seen in Athea , Kilcornan ,Rathkeale, Knocknagoshel and even some in the city itself with Limerick fire service dealing with a 200 metre grass fire off the Dublin road and a minor fire in Corbally.

It’s due to the heat wave that the country is experiencing at the moment with the met office reporting that Limerick has already seen temperatures tipping the 30 centigrade mark today.

But it’s not just Limerick, RTE reports that between four and six fire brigade units are fighting the blaze near Brittas Bay in Co Wicklow. This also thought to also be a gorse fire.

Shannon fire brigade also had to deal with fires in Shannon town last night.The heatwave is expected to continue through tomorrow.

10:06pm Update :: The Kilcornan blaze is apparently still going and is being fought by units including Rathkeale fire brigade.

10:31pm Update:: Trees on fire can be seen in Athea.

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