Status Orange High Forest Fire Risk Warning In Place Until Monday 5th July
- Status Orange HIGH National Forest Fire Risk Warning in place until Monday July 5th
- Fire Risk predicted to peak on Friday July 2nd.
- 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 Monday July 5th. Fire risk is predicted to peak this Friday July 2nd.
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.
Higher visitor activity levels at recreational sites can be expected in line with fine weather and summer holiday usage patterns. Members of the public intending to visit forests and other recreational sites are reminded to adhere to regulations introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19. Vehicles must not be parked at site entrances or impede emergency service access to forest roads.
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 1200hrs on Monday, July 5th, 2021 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.