Condition Orange – High Fire Risk

Warning Effective From 1200hrs 10/08/2022
Effective Period Expires 1200hrs 16/08/2022

Arising from current weather patterns a high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels such as dead grasses and shrub fuels such as heather and gorse exist. A high-pressure system currently positioned over Ireland will influence high air temperatures, low daytime humidity and light windspeeds during the rest of this week and into the weekend. Recent similar hot weather phases have seen fire activity firmly associated with public recreation activities.

Fire risk is expected to peak over the coming weekend 13th/14th August. Where fires occur, fire behaviour is likely to be influenced by light windspeeds in the 5-10kmh region. Higher windspeeds may be experienced at times in coastal areas. Fire behaviour will be moderated
by live fuel availability however live fuel moisture levels in key fuels may degrade over time.

Advice to the General Public/Forest Visitors

Members of the public intending to visit forests and other recreational sites are reminded to adhere to regulations regarding fire use. Forest
visitors should not use barbeques or open fires at any stage. Vehicles must not be parked at site entrances or impede emergency service access to forest roads.

Where fire outbreaks occur at or near recreational areas the following actions should be taken by visitors in the interests of safety.

  1. Do not light fires in and around forests or open land.
  2. Do not attempt to intervene or fight fires under any circumstances.
  3. Gather all family/group members and move to a safe fuel-free location such as a car park, upwind of the fire.
  4. Telephone Fire and Rescue Services via 112 and report the fire and its location.
  5. Evacuate if instructed to do so, and cooperate with all Emergency Service Instructions.

Updated Fire Weather information can be found here.

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