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jackill
2006-02-08 11:58:58
"Gorse fires" from jackill Expand pics
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Burning down the mountain
Hi johnvbrennan. It happens quite a lot in my neck of the woods in west Waterford.
When I was younger I often helped my father set these fires on a small patch of mountainside we owned, this was usually followed by many hours frantic scrambling to control the ensuing inferno to stop it spreading to neighbouring plots. The reason for it is to control the growth of gorse and heather and to allow some greenery to grow for sheep to eat in the spring/summer.. We no longer do it as our sheep are long gone but only last week on the Knockmealdowns I observed the Galtys around Sturrakeen were on fire and I recall often seeing the Knockmealdowns around Farbreaga ablaze at this time of year. The photo was taken on Knocknagnauv looking at Knockmealdown and Knockmoylan, if you look at the Galtys behind Knockmoylans right flank the wisps of smoke can hopefully be distinguished.
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