January 17, 2021
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Fire crews forced to battle their way through mess of empty beer bottles and discarded rubbish after blaze rips through popular Waterford beauty spot

This was the scene of devastation at a popular county Waterford beauty spot which was partially destroyed in a gorse blaze.

The damage would have been far greater if it wasn’t for the quick response and bravery of the local Fire Service who extinguised the fire that ripped through part of the Saleens on Brownstown Head earlier today.

To compound the problem, the firefighters also had to battle through a mess of discarded rubbish and empty beer bottles which appear to be the remains of a recent camping party in the area.

Tramore-based councillor Jim Griffin praised the actions of the local fire crews and hit out at what he described as “this mess of pure vandalism” left by the party-goers.

The Sinn Féin councillor added: “If your son or daughter was in saleen camping last night what action will you take following this mess of pure vandalism and disregard for a scenic area. I can’t thank Tramore and Dunmore East Fire Service enough for a brilliant job and saving so much scrub land and habitat.

“The guys not only had to to navigate rough terrain and fields to get the appliances down, but the wind this morning didn’t make their job easy also. The mess is [now] boxed and tidy, just to collect it – a great community effort from the fire crews.”

With a scorching weekend forecast and more people taking advantage of the easing of restrictions, Waterford Fire Service urged everyone not to light any fires outdoors over the coming days.

A spokesperson for the Fire Service warned that vegetation is very dry and highly “combustible” following the extended spell of dry weather, which has lasted almost two months.

They urged anyone who intends venturing out over the weekend to use common sense and act responsibly.

The spokesperson told WatefordNow.ie: “We are asking people to exercise caution when they are out and about. We are especially asking them not to light fires.

“At this time of the year, and especially in this hot weather, the vegetation is very combustible.

“We ask people to exercise caution and to avoid starting open fires in areas where there is a lot of vegetation like that.”

PHOTOS: Jim Griffin Facebook 

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