33% increase in gorse fires in Kerry this year

Killarney National Park Fire. Image by Valerie O'Sullivan.

There’s been a 33% increase in the number of gorse fires in Kerry this year.

According to Kerry County Council’s Water, Environment, Fire and Library Services report, there were 252 in the first nine months of this year.

From January to the end of September this year, the Kerry Fire Service was mobilised 1,042 times, up from 896 last year.

They attended 252 gorse fires between January and the end of September; that’s up from 189 during that period in 2018, an increase of 63.

Call outs for chimney fires are down to 57 from 76 at the same time last year.

The service attended 101 road traffic collisions this year, which is down just one when compared to the same period in 2018.