The fire service in Kerry has appealed to the public and to farmers not to burn in park and commonage areas after two fires overnight threatened two separate areas of the Killarney National Park.
In all there were four separate incidents in the south of the county overnight.
In a major fire, some 150 acres of the Killarney National Park near Dinis beauty spot were burned.
Three units of firefighters from Killarney and Kenmare attended the scene before it was eventually brought under control after the fire reached the river of the Long Range which connects the Upper and Muckross lakes.
The Dinis fire appears to have started on the road to Dinis Cottage, a Victorian tea house at the meeting point of the lakes of Killarney. It was burning for some time before the fire service were alerted and it took four hours to control.
The Killarney service then had to attend a fire at the foot of Mangerton mountain again at a forested beauty spot looking onto the national park.
Two other fires in Kilcummin and in the Glencar area also needed attention.
The fires are the latest in a series which began with the recent period of fine weather. Burning has been illegal since the beginning of March under the wildlife acts to protect bird, animal and plant life.
The practice of burning land to drive grass growth and control scrub is widespread in many parts of the country each spring. It has been condemned by wildlife and conservation groups.
Controlled burning under the supervision of the fire service is the way forward, has been suggested by representatives and others.
Where it has been implemented in Killarney, it has reduced the impact of wildfires which annually threaten the national park as well as housing.
On Friday, Kerry County Council appealed to landowners not to place additional strain on emergency services at a time when those services are already involved in supporting the national response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
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