The Department of Agriculture has issued a fire warning for Ireland 6 months ago

The Department of Agriculture has issued a fire warning for Ireland

People have been urged to be careful...

An orange fire warning has been issued for Ireland as the country looks set to be on the end of more warm temperatures over the coming days.

Met Eireann have promised that temperatures will rise as high as 20 degrees in some places, between now and the end of the weekend.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the warm temperatures will increase the risk of gorse fires and fires where hazardous fuels exist.

In a statement, the department said: "Arising from current and forecast weather associated with Atlantic high pressure systems (Type B), a high fire risk is forecast in all areas where hazardous fuels exist.

"This risk is projected to increase significantly within the next 72 hours, and then to be sustained well into the coming week. An increased ignition risk is associated with increased human activity in high risk areas, particularly areas associated with turf cutting activities."

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine said the alert will remain in place until Monday, 21 May.

Forest owners, farmers, rural dwellers and other countryside users are asked to be extremely vigilant regarding fire activity, to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Gardaí and to report all fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999.