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03-07-2018, 16:21   #31
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Looks like 2 or 3 separate fires on three rock now, close together though.
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03-07-2018, 16:49   #32
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Fire up the comeraghs yesterday

https://twitter.com/TipperaryFire/st...38439783124993
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03-07-2018, 18:42   #33
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I keep thinking I can smell smoke...

My family remind me there have been parts of Canada afire for months..

Stay safe, our gallant fire crews.. stay safe and thank you!
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I keep thinking I can smell smoke...

My family remind me there have been parts of Canada afire for months..

Stay safe, our gallant fire crews.. stay safe and thank you!
Big bog fire near Ahascragh, Ballinasloe. With the wind direction the smoke could be making it to you?

https://galwaybayfm.ie/fire-services...n-east-galway/
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Big bog fire near Ahascragh, Ballinasloe. With the wind direction the smoke could be making it to you?

https://galwaybayfm.ie/fire-services...n-east-galway/
Smoke from that bog fire visible from here now:




Edit: Recent sat animation shows the smoke 'spreading out' as it visibly reaches an inversion layer:


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Can see it on satellite as well
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Smoke from that bog fire visible from here now:




Edit: Recent sat animation shows the smoke 'spreading out' as it visibly reaches an inversion layer:

Very small amount of ash falling when I was in the garden earlier too.
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04-07-2018, 18:44   #38
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04-07-2018, 19:49   #39
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Big bog fire near Ahascragh, Ballinasloe. With the wind direction the smoke could be making it to you?

https://galwaybayfm.ie/fire-services...n-east-galway/
The island was thick with smoky looking air this morning. The only forecaster to mention it? Yep, you guessed

"some smoke or haze from fires drifting west through Connacht, risk of other areas of smoke developing, "

Our very own MT
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linked from Offaly Fire & Rescue Service Facebook page of Slieve Bloom Fire

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04-07-2018, 21:36   #41
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Unusual for Ireland to see actual trees affected. 95% of the time it's gorse or heather. We've got very little area that you could actually call forest or wooded, shame to see it on fire.
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Unusual for Ireland to see actual trees affected. 95% of the time it's gorse or heather. We've got very little area that you could actually call forest or wooded, shame to see it on fire.
Perhaps the lowest 'woodland coverage %' for any country in Europe (excluding smaller craggy Island type places).

Might be an idea for FB to send up a few drones per day, unless they've got live Sat feeds or other flyover reporting.
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Unusual for Ireland to see actual trees affected. 95% of the time it's gorse or heather. We've got very little area that you could actually call forest or wooded, shame to see it on fire.
TBH that type of woodland(monoculture Sitka spruce planatations) supports very little in terms of biodiverisity and is no real loss in that regard. If it was native broadleaves you might have a point.
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TBH that type of woodland(monoculture Sitka spruce planatations) supports very little in terms of biodiverisity and is no real loss in that regard. If it was native broadleaves you might have a point.

I agree that sitka spruce is a non-native invasive fast-growing super-dense weed-tree used for commercial purposes and it's a shame that much of our little forest area is made up of these plantations. It does however grow in places that native broadleaf trees wouldn't stand a chance and they provide habitat for some wildlife like sika deer (one could say it suits them to a T), and also pull more carbon from the atmosphere than heather or gorse would on similar terrain. I don't like sitka spruce, but it's not all bad.
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I agree that sitka spruce is a non-native invasive fast-growing super-dense weed-tree used for commercial purposes and it's a shame that much of our little forest area is made up of these plantations. It does however grow in places that native broadleaf trees wouldn't stand a chance and they provide habitat for some wildlife like sika deer (one could say it suits them to a T), and also pull more carbon from the atmosphere than heather or gorse would on similar terrain. I don't like sitka spruce, but it's not all bad.

These upland areas are naturally "treeless" and are important watersheds for our rivers. lakes and in turn our water supplies, game fisheries etc. Block planting alien conifer monocultures seriously damages these functions via shading, acidification and siltation. This type of industrial forestry also destroys the habitat of rare and endangerd birds like Red Grouse, Hen Harrier, Curlew etc. Upland blanket bogs are also important Carbon sinks so destroying them via Sitka spruce plantations, wind farms etc. makes no sense in that regard eitheir
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