A gorse fire covers up to three miles of the Great Sugar Loaf mountain in County Wicklow.

A time of fear for many living in this area of Wicklow who are wondering if the fire will engulf their homes. Many local people have been critical of the Wicklow Fire Services and have taken it upon themselves to try to dampen the flames and contain the fire.

The blazing Sugarloaf in County Wicklow makes for a dramatic night time picture.

Eileen Stephens says they got no help as she and her family tried to protect their home.

Fire services are fully stretched coping with what many say has been the worst summer in twenty years for gorse fires.

Brian White of Wicklow County Council defends the efforts of the Fire Service who he says have managed to contain the fire and that no properties have been damaged.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 August 1995. The reporter is Mary Wilson.