Portmagee Gorsefire 210415The National Parks and Wildlife Service says yesterday’s fire near Killarney National Park could have cost the State in the region of €10,000. Regional Manager of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Pat Dawson, says at one stage, the fire, which was near Tomies Wood, came within 500 metres of entering the National Park and threatening ancient oakwood. It’s believed the blaze may have broken out shortly before 10 o’clock (9.45) Wednesday night; it was finally brought under control just before 3 o’clock (2.45) yesterday afternoon. It covered hundreds of acres, and three units of the fire service helped extinguish it; an Air Corps helicopter was on standby but wasn’t needed. Pat Dawson says based on past fires, the call out for emergency services could cost €10,000. [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/55907/medium/”]