Bill to put out gorse fires runs past €2.2 million

 

 

The council is counting the cost of last week’s Inishowen gorse fires.

The head of the Donegal Fire Service says the cost of putting out wild fires is borne by all of us.

Chief Fire Officer Joseph McTaggart was speaking after a spate of fires across the county, with the majority here in the hills of Inishowen.

It is estimated that the bill to put out gorse fires in Donegal from 2010 until 2015 ran to more than €2.2 million, the ‘Inishowen Independent’ has learned.

‘BirdWatch Ireland’ obtained gorse fire fighting costs from a number of authorities across the country for the six-year period, from 2010 through 2015.

Donegal County Council did not provide a full breakdown of its exact costs – because it said it would take 148 hours to do so – but based on costs for Cork and Mayo, it is estimated that more than €2.2 million was spent on extinguishing fires here.

 

 

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Donna Roddy