Updated: 12/05/17 : 07:12:40
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Gorse fires threaten homes on Achill Island

Fire fighters are continuing their battle to protect homes on Achill, Co Mayo as a gorse fire engulfed  the island last night.

The Fire service is prioritising homes in the area however it is not yet known how many houses are involved.

A large section of the island was engulfed in smoke yesterday evening.

Gardaí say at present there is nothing to suggest it was started maliciously, it took hold on Tuesday afternoon, but got worse on Wednesday.