Fire fighters in Co Galway are dealing with a series of up to 20 bog and forest fires in the south and east of the county.

A spokesman for the fire service said every available unit in Gort, Loughrea, Portumna, Athenry and Tuam is in action.

The most serious of the fires is in the Peterswell area, mid-way between Gort and Loughrea, where a large state forest is being threatened.

The fire service described the spate of fires as the worst in years.

Meanwhile Carlow Fire and Rescue are dealing with a large forest fire on the Carlow and Wexford border.

The fire is on Mount Leinster in an area called 'Nine Stones'.

Crews from Bagenalstown and Tullow have been tackling the blaze since 4pm.

Fire services in Carlow are also tackling a blaze in Hacketstown on Rathduff Mor bog in Knockanna.

And in Co Monaghan fire services are dealing with a fire at a Coilte owned forest at Barratitoppy Upper near Scotstown.