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More than 100 troops are continuing efforts to tackle wild fires in the north west

More than 100 troops are continuing efforts to tackle wild fires in the north west

More than 100 troops are continuing efforts to tackle wild fires in the north west

More than 100 troops with specialist suits and three Air Corps helicopters have continued with efforts to tackle wild fires in the north west.

The Defence Forces said operations will focus on the Dungloe area of Co Donegal, where significant progress was made on Sunday.

Three helicopters, two equipped with buckets able to carry 1,200 litres of water at a time, were being deployed to the scene to help firefighters on the ground.

Bobby McMenamin, acting Donegal chief fire officer, said fire crews were making progress.

"We're on top of it at this moment in time now," he said.

The Defence Forces were drafted in on Sunday as flames ripped through gorse and forest in the Doochary, Leitir and Dungloe areas of west Donegal amid speculation that the blazes were started deliberately.

Emergency services were also tackling blazes in the Foxford and Pontoon areas of west Mayo.

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A Defence Forces spokesman said more than 100,000 litres of water were dropped on affected areas from helicopters on Sunday.

Mr McMenamin, who speculated that the blazes may have been started deliberately, said high winds, sunshine and dry weather all contributed to help fan the fires.

At least seven houses were evacuated in Donegal on Sunday, with one property in the Ballyshannon area in the south of the county suffering damage.


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