High fire risk warning for
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 for all areas where hazardous
fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and
other dead vegetation exist. The risk is compounded
by moderate easterly wind speeds in excess of 20kph
in some areas. The risk will persist until at least
midday on the 1st July 2019.
Donegal firefighter in action.
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.
The Council is also urging landowners and members of
the public not to engage in activities that could
Householders 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.