Firefighters and farmers fight Ferns fire

By Dan Walsh

Upwards of 30 acres of land located at the back of Ferns GAA Park was ravaged by an outbreak of fire yesterday afternoon and took several hours to bring under control.

Six fire appliances from Wexford Fire Service and tankers from Wexford and Wicklow tackled the wildfire blaze that sent plumes of smoke into the air in temperatures around 30 degrees – up to that point the hottest day of the year!

Sources locally say the fire started spontaneously where some barley was growing, the wind carried it across the fields, it also got into some hedgerows and estimates reckon the flames were 15 to 20 feet high.

Local farmers also assisted in the operation by creating a firebreak, directing traffic away from the scene and moving bales of hay out of the way.

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