Homes at risk as wildfires sweep through Killarney National Park

(Pics: Jerry O'Sullivan and Radio Kerry)
(Pics: Jerry O'Sullivan and Radio Kerry)

Wildfires which are currently sweeping through Killarney National Park are putting homes in the area at risk, according to Kerry County Council.

Reports indicate that the Air Corps have been called in to help battle the blaze.

Eight of Kerry’s 10 fire brigade units are at the fire, which is believed to be one of the largest to have ever taken hold of the park.

There are currently 14 different blazes with fire units at the Portmagee, Dingle, Sneem, Kells, Inch, and Derrycunnihy areas of the park.

Members of the public are advised to stay away from the Old Kenmare Road between Kenmare and Killarney, which is part of the 'Kerry Way' walking route.

An Air Corps AW139 helicopter complete with "bambi" bucket carrying 1000 litres of water, was tasked to assist with the efforts to minimise fire damage to the park.

The fire has spread over several kilometres due to the dry conditions.

The AW139 departed Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel at 3 pm and the operation is ongoing.

Footage from 2011 of Air Corps helicopters fighting gorse fires in Co. Donegal.

(Pics:Jerry O'Sullivan, Irish Air Corps and Radio Kerry )