Orange level high fire warning in place for Ireland for the next few days

Be advised.

An amber high level fire warning is in place for the weekend and early next week.

Issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, the warning stems from current weather conditions dominated by high pressures.

Accordingly, a high fire hazard was deemed to apply to all areas where hazardous fuels such as dead grasses and shrub fuels such as heather and gorse exist.

The Ministry of Agriculture warns that the level of risk is likely to increase as the weekend progresses.

The public is advised not to light fires in and around forests or open areas, to dispose of smoking materials responsibly and not to attempt to respond to fires.

If anyone sees a fire, please call 999 or 112 to report the incident.

The warning is in place until noon on Monday, March 28.

As of Friday morning, current ignition hazards appear to be primarily associated with vegetation burning in the country’s highlands.

Fire behavior and spread rates are likely to be influenced by lower daytime humidity levels and light to moderate wind speeds for the duration of the warning.

Forest owners are invited to be particularly vigilant during this period.

An updated fire chart index is available via Met Éireann here.

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