The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has once again extended its Condition Orange - High Fire Risk warning.
The eighteenth fire danger notice of the year is effective from 12pm today (July, 25th) until 12pm Monday, July, 30th. A further review will be conducted at 12pm on Monday, pending significant rainfall.
A High Fire Risk remains in all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse; heather; dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist, as a result of the preceding drought conditions, according to the DAFM.
“Fire risk condition is likely to be moderated on a localised basis by scattered light rain, and higher ambient humidity levels in many areas.” a statement issued by the DAFM read.
The Department stressed that a short-term increase in fire risk values is likely tomorrow (Thursday, July, 26th).
The public has been asked to be vigilant in relation to open land at risk from illegal burning of waste and accidental ignition sources arising from recreational and agricultural activities.
The Department warned that “extreme caution is particularly required where cured shrub fuels like gorse are concerned.”
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.