Status Orange Forest Fire Warnings Issued by Department

The potential for catastrophic consequences from forest fires has prompted the Status Orange Fire Warning for the Easter weekend.  ©Photograph: John Reidy

With a forecast of dry weather for the weekend, a Status Orange warning for forest fires has been issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine from today through until Monday.

Members of the public need to be extra vigilant over the weekend.

Advice for the General Public:

Wildfires can have catastrophic impacts on upland habitats and rural communities, putting homes, property and lives at risk and diverting emergency services from their main tasks.

Play Your Part

Everybody has a part to play in protecting our unique rural landscapes, communities, habitats and forest resources from the threats posed by wildfire.

If you are out and about enjoying our countryside and forests this weekend, please help to reduce the risks of fire by keeping the following in mind:

Do not light fires in or around forests or on open land.

Do not block forest entrances or roads.

If you see a fire, report it immediately to the emergency services – Dial 999 or 112.

Report any illegal and suspicious activity to the Gardai.

Do not approach fires.

Do not attempt to extinguish fires yourself.

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