High risk of forest fires as heatwave continues

Galway Daily news Minister warns of risks from illegal land burning

The Department of Agriculture has issued an Orange Forest Fire Warning as the warm weather continues across much of the country.

The risk of forest fires is expected to last throughout this week and the warning will remain in place until midday on Friday.

Officials reminded the public that vehicles must not be parked at site entrances or impede emergency service access to forest roads.

“Forest visitors should not use barbecues or open fires at any stage,” they said.

“Fire behaviour and spread rates are likely to be moderated by high live fuel moisture levels in vegetation, and low expected wind speeds during the lifespan of this notice.”

The Department also reminded people intending to visit forests and other recreational sites to adhere to regulations introduced to limit the spread of COVID-19.