A Condition Red- Extreme Fire Risk warning has been extended by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).
The updated warning is effective from 9am on July, 2nd, 2018 until 12pm on Friday, July, 6th, 2018.
The DAFM has outlined that this is arising from current prolonged high-pressure weather patterns; high-temperatures and effective drought conditions.
The public has been warned that any ignition source in hazardous fuels may give rise to rapid and unpredictable wildfire development and spread, particularly in dead grass and in shrub fuels including gorse and heather.
The DAFM advises that all outdoor use of fires; barbeques and other open ignition sources should be avoided on forest lands and in other high-risk areas, until further notice.
They have asked operators of agricultural machinery and those engaging in hay-making to take extreme caution; involved in any other form of agricultural activity that may present a risk of fire in dry vegetation on cultivated land types have been asked to take care.
Fire activity & illegal dumping
The DAFM has also stressed that there appears to be a strong correlation between fire activity and illegal dumping and other illegal activities on public lands in recent days. In response to this, they have advised for increased vigilance by land managers and landowners.
The issue of this warning is a comparatively rare event and recipients should take immediate action to protect resource and property. The alert will be reviewed once again on Friday.