Orange warning for forest fires in place until Tuesday

Galway Daily news Minister warns of risks from illegal land burning

The Department of Agriculture has issued an Orange Forest Fire Warning arising from hot and dry weather conditions over the next week.

People visiting forests and other recreational sites are reminded to adhere to regulations regarding fire use.

The Department has warned those visiting forests not to use barbeques or open fires at any stage, and vehicles must not be parked at site entrances or impede emergency service access to forest roads.

The fire risk is expected to peak over the coming weekend and the warning will remain in place until midday on Tuesday 16 August.

All forest owners and managers are again advised to prepare for likely outbreaks of fire.

Farmers and rural dwellers are also being asked to be extremely vigilant regarding fire activity, to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Gardai and to report all fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999.