Efforts continue to combat fire close to Galway Wind Park (09.45am)

Efforts are continuing this morning to combat the ongoing fire in close proximity to the 169MW Galway Wind Park site in Cloosh Valley, Connemara. Galway Wind Park is a joint venture development project between SSE and forestry company Coillte.

The major forest fire escalated yesterday afternoon as high winds and warm temperatures combined to spread the fire even further. Three units of Galway Fire Service were on site to tackle fire events in close proximity to wind farm infrastructure. A Coillte-deployed helicopter was joined yesterday afternoon by a helicopter from the Air Corps, which is on-site to support these efforts.

A regional emergency response operation is in now in place as Coillte staff, along with Galway Fire Service and the Air-Corps battle to bring the Cloosh Valley fire under control. SSE’s on-site project team is continuing to work closely with local ground crews in Coillte Forest and support agencies to coordinate the emergency response.

The fire continues to comprise a number of separate fire events to the southern and western perimeter of Galway Wind Park and stretches across an area of forestry approximately 8km in length.

SSE’s priority is to deal with the incident, while ensuring the safety of our employees, contractors, ground crews and support personnel remains our number one concern at all times. The company will issue a further statement when more details are available.