Local farmers and lorry drivers joined efforts to tackle a wildfire that ravaged west Donegal on Easter Monday.

A wildlife broke out around 6am on Monday morning at Annagry and continued to burn late into the evening in the Annagry, Belcruit and Loughanure areas.

Some 15 fire appliances from 12 brigade areas were deployed at the scene, according to Donegal County Council. A helicopter from the Air Corps and a private operator hired by Donegal County Council were also used to tackle the blaze.

Local effort

The fire has been brought under control and gardaí in Donegal praised the effort by local people with tractors, tankers and shovels as "unbelievable".

Doherty Agri was one of the contractors to answer the call for assistance.

Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, Allister Doherty said they were located over an hour away but sent a tractor and 3,500-gallon tanker to assist fire services after seeing an appeal online.

“One of the fellows had been away mowing grass and when he came back I asked if he fancied going over to give a hand. For the value of a bit of diesel it was worth going over,” Allister said.

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