A Condition Orange - High Fire Risk warning has been issued from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
The warning was put in place from 12 noon yesterday, (13th May) and will remain in place until 12 noon on Friday (May 17th).
Releasing a statement, a spokesperson for the D.A.F.M said: “Arising from current Easterly high-pressure weather conditions, forecast high temperatures and low relative humidity levels, a High Fire Risk exists in all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist”.
“Fire risk is likely to be highest in westernmost areas”
“Fire behaviour may be moderated somewhat by increasing live growth content in fuels and generally low ambient windspeeds during the lifespan of this notice”.
South Western areas may experience significant wind speeds in excess of 20km/h at times.
Pending significant rainfall, this risk condition will remain in place until 12 noon on Friday (May 17th) unless otherwise stated by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Advice to Forest Owners and Managers;
- Risk assessment - Assess your property,
- Prepare - Fire Plans should be developed for all forests,
- Be Vigilant - Forest owners should be particularly vigilant during the high-risk period,
- Obey the Law - It is an offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated between March 1st and August 31st in any year,
- Report Fires Immediately - If you see a fire, do not delay; report it to the Fire and Emergency Services straight away,
- Report Losses - If your forest is damaged or destroyed, report this loss as soon as possible,
All forest owners and managers are again advised to prepare for likely outbreaks of fire.
Advice to 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.