A Donegal councillor has said that the government have pledged funding for the victims of the gorse fire in West Donegal on Friday.
Two houses were destroyed as dozens of firefighters alongside the community tried to tackle the blaze in Annargy.
Eight units of the Donegal fire service attended the scene of the fire which was stretched out over a large area.
Dozens of local people joined the cause yesterday afternoon, helping firefighters to bring the blaze under control.
Speaking on Saturday, Fine Gael representative, Evelyn Sweeney said: “Help is available to families affected by yesterday’s fires.
“I’ve been in touch with Minister Regina Doherty’s team and Urgent Needs Payments are now available to cover costs of food and clothing for anyone who lost their home.
“There are also a range of other supports including accommodation. I’ve been in touch with Donegal County Council about this too.
“I’ve reached out to some of those involved – I’m happy to help anyone who needs it.”
There were no reports of anybody being injured after the two properties were destroyed.
The disaster comes just a day after the local council warned people about gorse fires as temperatures soar up to 23 degrees over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.
Donegal County Council urged landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and similar.
The council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires – especially to those heading outdoors to take extra care with camping stoves, cigarettes and throw-away barbecues.