The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine(DAFM) has extended it Condition Red - Extreme Fire Risk Warning until 12pm on Monday, 16th, July, 2018.
“Arising from the effects of the prolonged high-pressure weather systems and drought conditions, an extreme fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels exist.” A statement published by the DAFM explained.
The DAFM added that the risk is further compounded by high-ignition risks, associated with increased human activities on all high-risk land types during the current drought spell.
The DAFM has stressed 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.
Operators of agricultural machinery and those engaging in hay-making have been asked to take extreme caution, and this includes anyone involved in any other form of agricultural activity that may present a risk of fire in dry vegetation on cultivated land types.
It was 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 asked for increased vigilance by land managers and landowners.
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.
This condition risk will be reviewed at 12pm on Monday.