Fire in Ireland's Oldest National Park Destroys Nesting Grounds for Endangered Birds

A large fire that destroyed thousands of acres of land including wildlife habitats at Ireland’s oldest national park were extinguished on Monday, April 26.

Over 5,000 acres of land, which is one third the park’s total land mass, were scorched, local media reported.

The fire, which began on Friday evening, was the worst in the area in almost 40 years. Mayor of Kerry Patrick O’Connor Scarteen said the blaze had destroyed and displaced wildlife. Local conservationists said the habitats of endangered animals had been destroyed.

The Irish Air Corps said this footage, showing efforts to extinguish flames, was captured on Sunday. The cause of the fire remained under investigation. Credit: Irish Air Corps via Storyful