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Defence Force Provides Helicopter To Battle Wicklow Gorse Fires

The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is providing an Aircorp helicopter to assist in battling  a number of fires in the Killpure area of Wicklow.

The Irish Air Corps says it has dropped more than 14,000 litres of water on the wildfires in the Wicklow Mountains.

A spokesperson for the Irish Defence Forces says this has had a significant impact in combating the spread of the fires.

An A139 helicopter was deployed to the scene earlier following a support request made to the Department of Defence this morning.

It's the first time ever the Air Corps has had to respond to such a request in February.

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