High risk forest fire warning extended

A warning about the heightened risk of potential forest fires has been extended until Friday.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine originally raised the warning level to an orange alert last Thursday.

However, due to “significant fire activity” and weather patterns in recent days, the warning will remain in place until 12pm on Friday, 1 April.

A high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels such as dead grasses and shrub fuels such as heather and gorse exist

The department said the lifting of the warning will depend on “significant rainfall”.

According to Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, an orange warning is the second highest warning and people should be prepared for fires.

“Condition Orange will generally derive from extended periods of low precipitation, moderate relative humidity and low to moderate wind conditions which have the capacity to significantly increase the risk of wildfire initiation and spread,” said Teagasc.

It comes as Met Éireann revealed Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far, but warned temperatures will dip back to single figures over the coming days.

Members of the public can report fires by calling 999 or 112.

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