Extensive gorse fire in Sligo/Roscommon area near Ballyfarnon

Fire crews from Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon and Longford are this evening fighting more gorse fires, this time an extensive outbreak in the Sligo/Roscommon border area near Geevagh, Kilronan and Ballyfarnon.

There’s an extensive outbreak on Arigna Mountain, with heavy smoke drifting down from the mountain over the R284 road through Geevagh, Ballyfarnon, Kilronan and onto Keadue.

Sligo Fire Service has had three appliances in attendance at the fire near Geevagh since 8 o’clock this morning.

There’s also units from Carrick on Shannon and Ballinamore in County Leitrim, as well as from Boyle in County Roscommon.

Locals says they believe the fire is not currently under control, and there are concerns about forestry in the area. There also persistent breeze at present in the mountainous area of the fire.

This fire follows a major outbreak earlier this week on Killery mountain near Ballintogher, on the Sligo/Leitrim border, as well as gorse fires in parts of County Donegal.