Condition RED – Extreme Fire Risk Warning

A fireman and Coilte employee, Michael McAuliffe heading towards a danger point in the breach of a blaze at a forestry plantation in Dromaddamore in Lyreacrompane which wiped out an estimated 1,500 acres of maturing trees. ©Photograph: John Reidy 22-5-2010

Arising from current prolonged high pressure weather patterns, very high temperatures and effective drought conditions, an extreme fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels exist.

Warning Until Monday Night – At Least

The warning comes from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. It came into being this morning and will remain in place until Monday night, July 2nd.

It will be reviewed at that point.

This meteorological risk is further compounded by high levels of ignitions activity and observed fire behaviour associated with current weather conditions.

High Risk Areas

Fire Weather Data Courtesy of European Commission Copernicus System, European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting and Met Eireann.

DAFM advise at this point that all outdoor use of fires, barbeques and other open ignition sources be avoided on forest lands and in other high risk areas until further notice.

Dry Vegitation at Risk

Extreme caution is also advised with respect to hay making and the use of machinery and other agricultural activity that may also present a risk of fire in dry vegetation on cultivated land types in current conditions.

Pending a significant change in meteorological conditions this risk condition will remain in place until 1200hrs on Monday, July 2nd, 2018, and will be reviewed again at that point.

Advice to the General Public/Forest Visitors

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.

For further information on fire management and wildfire protection is available at:


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