Gardai appeal following Killareny Park blaze which inflicted "enormous long-term damage"

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Devastating: The fire in Killarney National Park inflicted "enormous long-term damage"
Devastating: The fire in Killarney National Park inflicted "enormous long-term damage"

Gardai have made an appeal to the public for any information regarding the "enormous" Killarney National Park blaze.

An Garda Síochána in the Kerry Division are currently investigating the cause of a number of land and forest fires which took place at the national park and surrounding areas last week. 
The fires - which lasted for a considerable length of time before being brought under control by the Kerry Fire & Rescue Service - have resulted in significant damage to parts of the beautiful and historic National Park, a major tourist attraction in Kerry.
A meeting of the Kerry Wildfire Interagency Group involving representatives from An Garda Síochána, the Department of Agriculture, the National Parks & Wildlife Service and the Kerry Fire & Rescue Service took place this morning, a Gardai spokesperson said.
The aim was "to formulate an inter-agency response to the investigation of these incidents."
An Garda Síochána are now appealing to members of the public for any information or assistance which would progress this investigation. 
Any information which may be of use is being asked to be sent to the following:
  • Killarney Gardai on 064-6671160 or The Confidential Line on 1800 666 111
  • Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine Forestry Inspector in Tralee on 066-7149340 
  • Killarney National Park, Wildlife Rangers on 064-6631440 
  • Kerry Fire and Rescue Service Tralee on 066-7123111 

​Garda spokesperson Tony Connaughton said: "An Garda Síochána wish to re-emphasise the threat posed by land and forest fires to people’s lives and property. The fires which occurred in Killarney National Park last week posed a very serious risk to life and property in the affected areas which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of euro worth of damage to such a wonderful amenity.  

"The potential long term damage to the local community and economy is enormous and cannot be quantified at this time. We are adopting an Interagency approach to the investigation of this matter and we are now seeking all available help and information from the public to assist us with our investigation."

He added it was "the responsibility of every member of the community, particularly those living near wooded areas, to comply with the relevant legislation and undertake burning in a controlled manner."