Inishowen fire risk warning
DONEGAL County Council
is appealing to land owners and members of the
public, in Inishowen, to exercise caution to prevent gorse,
heather and forestry fires.
The local authority warned that out-of-control fires
had the potential to put lives at risk and
threatened wildlife and wildlife habitats.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
has issued a notice of high fire risk (condition
orange) effective from yesterday for all areas where
hazardous fuels such as gorse exist and has advised
that these conditions will persist until at least
midday on the 23 April.
Land owners and members of the public are urged to
be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or
unattended fires immediately to the fire service by
dialling 999 or 112.
Donegal firefighter in action.
The council is also
urging landowners and members of the public not to
engage in activities that could cause wildfires.
House holders or building owners in areas
susceptible to wildfire are advised to remove or cut
back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity of
their house, building or oil tank to prevent
wildfires damaging or destroying their property.
Donegal County Council would also like to remind
landowners and members of the public that under the
Wildlife Act it is an offence to cut, grub, burn or
otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on any land
not then cultivated between the 1st day of March and
31st day of August in any year.