22 April 2022 latest news

Status Orange High Forest Fire Risk Warning In Place Until Saturday April 30th

Picture of helicopter fighting a forest fire in County Wicklow

 

  • Status Orange HIGH National Forest Fire Risk Warning in place until Saturday April 30th
  • Landowners and the public should avoid all outdoor fires and other open ignition sources.
  • All land owners urged to obey restrictions in place for land burning.

 

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have issued a Status Orange, High Forest Fire Risk Warning, which remains in place until Saturday April 30th.

Arising from current dry weather patterns and high temperatures a high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels such as dead grasses and shrub fuels such as heather and gorse exist. An increase in fire risk can be expected through the coming weekend as these conditions persist. The current high pressure dominated weather phase will give way to a westerly low-pressure system with westerly rain fronts during Saturday, April 30th. The Department have noted that "Forest owners and managers should be advised that expected rainfall may not be sufficient to fully reduce risks in all areas, particularly southern regions. Continued vigilance is advised throughout the long weekend in these areas, beyond the timespan of this notice".

Coillte advise that all outdoor use of fires, barbeques and other open ignition sources be avoided on forest lands and in other high risk areas until further notice.

Pending significant rainfall, this risk condition will remain in place until 1800hrs on Saturday April 30th 2022 unless otherwise stated by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The need for increased vigilance at this time cannot be overstated. Forest owners, farmers, rural dwellers and other countryside users are asked to be extremely vigilant regarding fire activity, to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Gardai and to report all fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999.

Landowners are also reminded that under the Wildlife Act, it is illegal to burn growing vegetation on uncultivated land between 1st March and 31st August. Persons engaged in such illegal activity are liable to prosecution and could face fines, imprisonment and penalties to their farm payments.

Advice to the General Public/Forest Visitors

Members of the public and visitors to recreational areas should cooperate with all requests regarding fire safety, obey all relevant bye-laws and be considerate in parking vehicles so as not to impede access by emergency vehicles.

Where fire outbreaks occur at or near recreational areas the following actions should be taken by visitors in the interests of safety.

1. Do not light fires in and around forests or open land.
2. Do not attempt to intervene or fight fires under any circumstances.
3. Gather all family/group members and move to a safe fuel-free location such as a car park, upwind of the fire.
4. Telephone Fire and Rescue Services via 112 and report the fire and its location.
5. Evacuate if instructed to do so, and cooperate with all Emergency Service Instructions.

 

For more information, please visit www.coillte.ie or for regular updates follow Coillte on Twitter @coilltenews

 

 

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