Wildfire alert as temperatures set to soar this weekend
Forest owners and managers are being warned to prepare for likely outbreaks of fire as temperatures are set to soar this weekend.
The warning comes from the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture after a number of wildfires broke out in recent weeks around the country.
Now, with temperatures expected to hit close to 20 degrees this weekend, as the current high pressure weather patterns continue, a High Fire Risk (Condition Orange) warning is has been issued especially for upland vegetation areas.
The risk is expected to peak this Saturday (April 8) and depending on rainfall, this risk condition will remain in place until Monday afternoon, April 10.
All forest owners and managers being advised to prepare for likely outbreaks of fire.
The Department says fire lines, fire plans and fire suppression equipment should be reviewed and made ready, while contingency plans around insurance, helicopter contracts etc should be checked and confirmed.
It says the need for increased vigilance at this time cannot be ‘overstated’.
Forest owners, farmers, rural dwellers and other countryside users are asked to be extremely vigilant regarding fire activity, to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Gardai and to report all fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999.