The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has extended its notice of extreme fire risk (Danger Rating Red) until midday on Wednesday, July 11th in Donegal.
Donegal County Council has joined with the Department in calling for all outdoor use of fires, barbeques and other open ignition sources to be avoided on forest lands, public amenities and in other high risk areas until further notice.
Arising from the effects of prolonged high pressure weather systems, high temperatures and drought conditions, an extreme fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels exist.
This risk is further compounded by high ignitions risks associated with increased human activities on all high risk land types during the current fine weather spell.
Extreme caution is 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 in current conditions.
There appears to be a strong correlation between fire activity and illegal dumping and other activities on public lands in recent days and increased vigilance by land managers and landowners is advised. It is illegal to burn growing vegetation on uncultivated land between March 1st and August 31st.
Pending a significant change in meteorological conditions this risk condition will remain in place until mid-day on Wednesday, July 11t, and will be reviewed again at that point.
All land owners and members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire Service by dialing 999 or 112.