Updated: 10/05/17 : 07:35:28
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Firefighters continue to battle blaze in Galway forest

Fire fighters will continue to battle a major fire in one of the country's biggest forests today.

A regional emergency operation has been in place in County Galway as the blaze in the Cloosh Valley spread beyond the forestry plantation.

It was hoped dropping temperatures last night would help control the blaze.

Coillte staff, along with the fire service, Army and Air Corps have been fighting the blaze for several days now.

A haze of smoke from the fire affected large parts of Galway city and county.

It is feared over 1,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed, while extensive damage has been caused to bogs, wildlife and the habitat in a fire which has been burning since the weekend.

Fire crews, who were aided by local farmers in addition to Coillte officials and two Aer Corps helicopters, managed to get a substantial part of the fire on the 4,000-hectare forest under control yesterday.

Tens of thousands of litres of water had been doused on the wildfire by a Coillte aircraft and the two Aer Corps helicopters, which dropped 1,200 litres of water at a time from their Bambi-buckets.