Firefighters battling "significant" gorse fire in County Cork

Over 350 acres of forestry remain under threat at the western end of the Gougane Barra Valley

Firefighters battling "significant" gorse fire in County Cork

Image credit: Gougane Barra Hotel/Twitter

Four units of the fire brigade are continuing to battle a blaze in the Gougane Barra Valley in County Cork this morning. 

A picture of the blaze behind the valley's iconic Cork church was shared online last night.

Units from Macroom, Bantry, Skibbereen and Dunmanway have been battling the blaze through the night.

Firefighters were reportedly recalled to the area shortly before 1am this morning as a fire which had been burning in a nearby forest began to spread.

Emergency services said the fire is slowly being brought under control, however over 350 acres of forestry remain under threat at the western end of the valley.

A farmhouse was briefly threatened by the blaze before it was brought under control. 

The nature of the terrain has reportedly made the task extremely difficult for the firefighting teams. 

There are a reports of a number of other fires in the west of Ireland over the weekend - with at least 50 fire fighters deployed to battle blazes that stretched from North Kerry to the Beara peninsula. 

While the cause of the fires is not yet known, the recent dry weather is believed to have played a part.