PIC: Major landmarks threatened by fire in Killarney National Park
Firefighters in County Kerry battled against a blaze throughout the night.
Fires on Torc Mountain began at around 10pm last night spread a distance of two kilometres before firefighters were finally able to bring the inferno under control this morning (30 March).
A statement from Kerry County Council read: "Due to a large fire overnight in Killarney National Park, the public are advised that Torc Mountain including Cardiac Hill Steps is closed until further notice. Fire crews at scene since 10pm and fire now under control."
The fire threatened to rage through Killarney National Park, home to some of Ireland's most beautiful lakes, but thankfully that was avoided.
Due to a large fire overnight in Killarney National Park, the public are advised that Torc Mountain incl Cardiac Hill Steps is closed until further notice. Fire crews at scene since 10pm and fire now under control @radiokerrynews @KillarneyToday
— Kerry County Council - Comhairle Contae Chiarraí (@countykerry) March 30, 2019
A shot from the scene, taken by photographer Valerie O'Sullivan, highlights the widespread nature of the blaze.
Thankfully no injuries have been reported, though various parklands surrounding the blaze have been closed off to the public indefinitely.
Fire crews from @countykerry battled with gorse fires in #killarneyNationalPark last night. The fire spread through Torc Mountain and protected areas of the National Park. Torc Mountain is now closed. 😢 @radiokerry @PaschalSheehy pic.twitter.com/YoeddKSOQX
— Valerie O'Sullivan (@valphoto) March 30, 2019