The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has downgraded the current Condition Red - Extreme Fire Risk warning to a Condition Orange - High Fire Risk.
The warning, which is the sixteen fire danger notice issued this year, is effective from 12pm on Monday, July, 16th to 12pm on July, 20th, 2018. This will remain in place, pending significant change in meteorological conditions, unless stated by the DAFM.
Arising from preceding drought conditions, a High Fire Risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels exist, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
In a statement, the DAFM outlined:
"Previous Extreme Fire Risk condition is now likely to be moderated on a localised basis by scattered light rain, cooler temperatures and higher ambient humidity levels in many areas. However, an increase in fire risk values is very likely as the week progresses."
They warned that highest ignition risks are likely to remain in public amenity areas in proximity to urban centres.
"Vigilance is also required in relation to open land at risk from illegal burning of waste and other ignition sources."
"High levels of fuels curing arising during the recent drought spell and persistent high Soil Moisture Deficits means that a protracted high fire risk is likely to persist in many areas, pending significant rainfall." The statement read.
Advice to Forest Visitors/ the General Public:
- Do not light fires in and around forests or open land;
- Do not attempt to intervene or fight fires under any circumstances;
- Gather all family/group members and move to a safe fuel-free location such as a car park, upwind of the fire;
- Telephone Fire and Rescue Services via 112 and report the fire and its location;
- Evacuate if instructed to do so, and cooperate with all Emergency Service Instructions.