25 May 2022

WEATHER WARNING: Orange 'High Fire Risk' alert issued as temperatures soar

WEATHER WARNING: Orange 'High Fire Risk' alert issued as temperatures soar

An orange fire alert has been issued as Ireland prepares for a mini-heatwave this week.

Temperatures are set to reach 24C or higher in the coming days alongside long spells of sunny weather.

The Department of Agriculture has warned the warm weather will bring with it a condition orange "high fire risk".

The Department has put the orange warning in place until May 30 urging forestry owners, farmers, rural dwellers and other countryside users to be extremely vigilant regarding fire activity.

People are encouraged to carry out a risk assessment of their property, particularly if there is a history of land burning in the vicinity.

They are also asked to report suspicious activity to gardaí and report all fires immediately to the emergency services.

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The department says there is an increased danger associated with human activities in high risk areas, such as those associated with turf cutting or adjacent to urban centres. 

A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture said the warm weather brings an increased risk of ignition. 

"Arising from current and forecast weather associated with Atlantic high pressure systems (Type B), a high fire risk is forecast in all areas where hazardous fuels exist. This risk is projected to increase significantly within the next 48 hours, and then to be sustained past the weekend and into the coming week.

"An increased ignition risk is associated with increased human activity in high risk areas owing to fine weather, particularly areas associated with turf cutting activities and areas adjacent to urban centres. Recently increased live growth in upland vegetation, low to moderate wind speeds and localised high humidity may moderate fire behaviour where conditions permit."

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