High risk warning for forest fires

Farmers and landowners are being urged to take extra care after a high level warning was issued for fires in the coming weeks.

Due to current dry weather conditions 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.

The risk phase is expected to peak by Friday 23 July.

Visitors to forests have been advised to not use barbecues or open fires as wildfires pose a serious risk to property and the rural environment.

Teagasc is asking farmers and landowners to be extremely vigilant after a Condition Orange Fire risk was issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. It is illegal to burn growing vegetation on uncultivated land between 1 March and 31 August.

Appropriate measures to help prevent loss or damage through fire include having a risk assessment completed; adequate fire insurance; maintaining fire breaks along boundaries and keeping access routes clear.

LSL News.

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