Extreme fire risk warning extended
THE Department of
Agriculture, Food and the Marine has extended its
notice of extreme fire risk (Danger Rating Red) in
Donegal until midday on Wednesday 11th July.
Arising from the effects of prolonged high pressure
weather systems, high temperatures and drought
conditions, an extreme fire risk is deemed to exist
in all areas where hazardous fuels exist.
Donegal County Council is calling for all outdoor
use of fires, barbeques and other open ignition
sources to be avoided on forest lands, public
amenities and in other high risk areas until further
Donegal firefighter in action.
Extreme caution is
advised with respect to hay making and the use of
machinery and other agricultural activity that may
also present a risk of fire in dry vegetation in
current conditions. There appears to be a strong
correlation between fire activity and illegal
dumping and other activities on public lands in
recent days and increased vigilance by land managers
and landowners is advised. It is illegal to burn
growing vegetation on uncultivated land between
March 1st and August 31st.
Pending a significant change in meteorological
conditions this risk condition will remain in place
until 1200hrs on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018, and
will be reviewed again at that point.
All 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.