Fire close to Galway Wind Park supressed (1.30pm)

The major fire incident close to the 169MW Galway Wind Park site in Cloosh Valley, Co. Galway has been supressed after good progress was made yesterday evening to bring the situation under management. 

Coillte staff and SSE’s on-site incident team will remain on site today to monitor hot spots as there is still some risk that fires could reignite, but with stable weather conditions and the forecast of rain on Saturday evening, it is hoped that there will no further resurgence of the fire. A civil helicopter will also remain on standby today should it be needed.

Inspection works will take place today on areas of the site that were affected by the fire and these will remain restricted areas. SSE and Coillte are continuing to ask the public to stay away from any areas affected by these fires until such time as they are deemed completely safe.

Coillte and SSE sincerely appreciate all the assistance they continue to receive from staff on-site, from emergency and support services, as well as the valuable support received from the Irish Defence Forces in helping to combat this forest fire.

Galway Wind Park is a joint venture development project between SSE and forestry company Coillte, and when completed later this year it will be Ireland's largest wind farm.