A fire that forced the evacuation of Curracloe Beach in Co Wexford this afternoon has been brought under control.

The fires across the dunes in the area forced the beach to be evacuated and roads entering Curracloe to be blocked.

Kevin Murphy, of The Winning Post which is located next to the beach, said the alarm was raised at around 11.30am.

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A number of fire brigade units attended the incident, along with local gardaí.

The beach was evacuated, as were the car parks, and traffic was diverted from the area.

The beach was hosting the Leinster Open Sea race today, which had to be abandoned due to the fire.

Mr Murphy said such fires are not uncommon in the area and that a previous one melted plastic drainpipes at his premises.

No injuries have been reported following the incident.

The beach was busy at the time due to the good weather, however emergency services reacted quickly.

Videos courtesy of Pat Ennis and The Surf Shack Curracloe