Wednesday 18 September 2019

Fire brigade tackle gorse fire near Hellfire Club with 'high risk' fire alert extended as temperatures soar to 22C

The fires on Bray Head in July last year that threatened homes and made national headlines
The fires on Bray Head in July last year that threatened homes and made national headlines
Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

DUBLIN Fire Brigade have advised the public to take care in the countryside this weekend after soaring temperatures led to a gorse fires in Dublin today.

Firefighters from Rathfarnham Fire Station tackled a gorse wildfire near the Hellfire Club earlier this afternoon.

Temperatures are hitting up to 22C in parts of the country today, and are expected to reach similar highs on Easter Sunday.

The Department of Agriculture have extended an orange fire warning as a result of the expected warm conditions.

"Arising from Easterly High Pressure conditions and forecast high temperatures, a High Fire Risk exists in all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist," a spokesperson said.

"The projected meteorological fire risk is likely to be further compounded by additional ignition risks from the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.

"Most recent fire incidents appear to have taken place on lands associated with turf cutting".

The Department has urged forest owners and managers to use "the highest degree of vigilance" this weekend.

The fire risk is expected to "peak significantly" on Monday.

Last summer, a number of gorse fires destroyed hundreds of hectares of forestry and caused thousands of euro worth of damage.

Many places will be dry tonight with variable cloud cover and clear spells, but patchy drizzle will occur in Atlantic coastal counties.

Tomorrow will be another warm day in many eastern areas with hazy sunshine. However, thicker cloud over the western half of the country will produce a little patchy light rain or drizzle, Met Eireann have said.

Current indications for Monday suggest a mild and breezy day with top temperatures between 16 and 19C.

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