Gorse blazes spark arson investigations
ARSONISTS are believed responsible for a fire which threatened homes in the Rocks area of Wexford on Thursday.
And a separate investigation has been launched into a gorse fire which resulted in the temporary closure of the Wexford - Kilmore road.
Swift action by the fire service prevented the Wexford town blaze from spreading, however, close to an area of scrubland was burned.
'The fire was being fanned by the wind, but we prevented it from spreading to any residential areas,' said a fire service spokesman, 'thankfully we got it under control.'
He said no houses had to be evacuated as a result of the fire, which sent clouds of smoke billowing over the area.
'The cause of the fire is suspicious. People have to take responsibility for their actions,' said the spokesman.
The fire was concentrated in some rough and undulating terrain, which made getting to the blaze difficult. Two fire appliances and a water tanker had to traverse fields to get to the scene.
The crews spent from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. bringing the fire under control and damping down the area.
The fire service spokesman appealed to anyone seeing a fire to call 112 or 999 immediately and urged anyone seeing any suspicious activity to contact the gardai.
Meanwhile, Gardai are investigating the cause of a fierce fire which forced the temporary closure of the road between Wexford and Kilmore Quay.
The fire, close to Kilmore Quay, was one of 40 attended by the Wexford Fire Service during the past week.
A Fire Service spokesman said several of the fires were believed to be the result of arson.
According to local sources in the Kilmore Quay area, the fire there was believed to have set by a group of young people.