Worth paying attention to.
The Department of Agriculture has warned the public to be wary of the possibilities of fires arising from hot weather and dry grass over the next week.
“Arising from current dry weather patterns and high temperatures a high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels such as dead grasses and shrub fuels such as heather and gorse exist. This risk phase is expected to peak on Friday, July 2nd, 2021,” the Status Orange warning reads.
The warning is currently in place and will remain in effect until July 5th, next Monday. It specifically takes into account the likelihood that there will be greater visitor numbers at nature sites and areas where fires could arise.
“Higher visitor activity levels at recreational sites can be expected in line with fine weather and summer holiday usage patterns. Members of the public intending to visit forests and other recreational sites are reminded to adhere to regulations introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19.
“Vehicles must not be parked at site entrances or impede emergency service access to forest roads. Forest visitors should not use barbecues or open fires at any stage.”
The warning was shared on Twitter by the Cork City Fire Brigade, and comes two months after a devastating forest fire in West Cork.
Crews from Dunmanway, clonakilty and Bantry assisted by @IrishAirCorps fighting a significant forest fire at Shiplake Dunmanway. Smoke on the roads, please avoid the area. @corkcountyfire @Corkcoco pic.twitter.com/tRMikiDKBB
— Bantry Fire Brigade (@BantryFire) April 25, 2021
The Department of Agriculture also published the following advice:
1. Do not light fires in and around forests or open land.
2. Do not attempt to intervene or fight fires under any circumstances.
3. Gather all family/group members and move to a safe fuel-free location such as a car
park, upwind of the fire.
4. Telephone Fire and Rescue Services via 112 and report the fire and its location.
5. Evacuate if instructed to do so, and cooperate with all Emergency Service instructions.