The Department of Agriculture has issued an Orange Forest Fire Warning from 3pm today until 6pm, May 29. This warning indicates a high risk of wildfires and other forest fires. The Department has attributed this to the expected increase in temperatures across Ireland in the coming days, as well as the presence of hazardous fuels such as dead grasses and shrub fuels like heather and gorse.
The fire notice also urges members of the public and visitors to recreational areas to cooperate with all requests regarding fire safety, obey all relevant bye-laws, and be considerate in parking their vehicles so as not to impede access by emergency vehicles. Although some areas may receive isolated rain showers during this time, most areas can expect dry weather, higher temperatures, and strongly elevated fire risks in areas with fire-prone vegetation types.
The Department of Agriculture has also issued advice to the public. Firstly, they are advised not to light fires in or around forests or open land. Secondly, they should not attempt to intervene or fight fires under any circumstances. Thirdly, they should gather all family/group members and move to a safe fuel-free location like a car park, upwind of the fire. Fourthly, they should telephone Fire and Rescue Services via 112 and report the fire and its location. Lastly, they should evacuate if instructed to do so and cooperate with all Emergency Service Instructions.
It is crucial that everyone takes this warning seriously and follows the guidelines set out by the Department of Agriculture. The risk of wildfires and other forest fires is extremely high, and it is essential that we all take appropriate measures to prevent them from occurring.
In conclusion, we must all be mindful of the potential consequences of our actions during this time. By following the advice of the Department of Agriculture, we can help prevent wildfires and other forest fires from occurring and keep ourselves and our communities safe.