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Irish Air Corps called for bog fire as Laois emergency services make warning

Laois County Fire and Rescue Services are urging members of the public to be cautious following a fire at a bog in the county yesterday.

A blaze broke out at a bog in Mountmellick yesterday and a large scale operation was put together to fight it.

Units from Mountmellick and Portarlington joined forces with the Irish Air Corps and Bord na Móna to put out the blaze.

While the Laois County Fire and Rescue are asking people to be careful while out and about as the ground is very dry and the slightest thing can set off a fire.

They say: “Conditions are currently very dry, and great caution needs to be taken out and about.”

While the temperatures are cold this week, no rain is forecast for the next seven days.

Just 13mls of rain has fallen in Laois since March 18 – which is almost two months ago.

A similar dry spell back in July 2018 resulted in one of the worst fires in recent times on the Slieve Bloom mountains. 

The blazed raged for days before emergency services managed to get it under control.

It destroyed acres of land and many of the habitats of the endangered species who live up there.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.