As wildfires rage across Greece, Sweden and Germany, Cork City Fire Brigade is advising everyone to take extra precautions when it comes to safety.
The Cork fire service tweeted a warning issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
The current forest fire danger rating is Orange, denoting a high fire risk arising from drought conditions caused by the recent heatwave.
The notice, issued this morning, reads: “A High Fire Risk remains in all areas where hazardous fine fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist.
Condition Orange – High Fire Risk warning extended til Monday and will be reviewed by @agriculture_ie on Monday.
? No BBQ’s
? No Open Fires
? Dispose of Cigarettes and
? Rubbish responsibly pic.twitter.com/T4qBlO4qZ6
— Cork City Fire Brigade (@CorkCityFire) July 26, 2018
“Fire risk condition is likely to be moderated on a localised basis by scattered light rain, and higher ambient humidity levels in many areas. However, a short term increase in fire risk values is likely on Thursday.
“Highest ignition risks remain in public amenity areas in proximity to urban centres.”
The Cork Fire Brigade has asked the public to refrain from using barbecues or lighting fires of any kind and to dispose of rubbish and cigarettes safely.