Wildfire inched uncomfortably close to an explosives factory Saturday in north central Ireland.
The Irish Times reports that the fire was only 500 meters from the plant at one point. The Irish Air Corps deployed to the area using helicopters capable of dropping 1,200 liters of water each trip, the IAC Facebook page states.
“Please keep all drones away from the area as these pose a flight risk to our crews!” the Facebook site states.
Fire broke out in peat boglands in Donadea and Dunfierth in County Kildare on Wednesday, spreading to the woods at Hortland adjacent to the factory. Fanned by strong winds, the wildfire has scorched nearly 60 hectares of forest.
Authorities told The Irish Times that there is a “line drawn in the sand,” meaning that if the fire goes beyond a certain point the factory and surrounding homes will be evacuated.