A gorse fire at Glenveagh National Park on last night (Wednesday) night came close to the park’s visitor centre and administration building.
Several hectares on the periphery of the park were effected by the fire which led to the closure of the N56 between Termon and Dunlewey. The road has since re-opened.
The fire broke out after 9 p.m. and was under control by 12.30 a.m.
Acting regional manager with the National Parks and Wildlife Service Dave Duggan prised the fire services for bringing the blaze at Glenveagh under control. He said there was no significant loss of habitation or wildlife.
“It came quite near the visitor centre and administration building,” he said. “We were delighted with the support we got from the fire crew who brought it under control. Overall there was not a big amount of damage. We would ask people to remain vigilant during the dry spells and remind people that it is illegal to burn vegetation from March until the end of August.”
The fire service has had to deal with dozens of gorse fires across the county in the last fortnight. Dry weather and strong winds have contributed to the high number of incidents.