Government issues high fire risk warning to entire country
Adding to the risk is the likelihood of increased public activity over the coming Bank Holiday weekend.
The Government has issued a high fire risk warning for the entire country.
Released by the Department of Agriculture, the orange warning will be in effect until 12pm on Tuesday, 6 April.
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According to the Department, the risk is due to current weather patterns and is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels such as dead grasses, shrubs, heather and gorse exist.
Its warning reads: "While fair weather is forecast over coming days, an increase in fire risk can be expected ahead of forecast rain fronts over the long weekend."
This risk will peak on Sunday, 4 April, with current ignition risks appearing to be mainly associated with the illegal burning of waste in high risk areas with public access.
The Department also says there is an established pattern of risk associated with the Easter Bank Holiday weekend because of increased public activity in the countryside generally at this time.
The warning reads: "Members of the public intending to visit forests and other recreational sites are reminded of the requirement to remain within 5km of their homes and to adhere to regulations introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19.
"Vehicles must not be parked at site entrances or impede emergency service access to forest roads."
It also says: "Fire behaviour and initial spread rates are likely to be influenced by lower afternoon humidity levels and light to moderate wind speeds during the lifespan of this warning.
"Wind speeds may exceed 20km/h in some areas and will increase suppression requirements."
If you see a fire, report it immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services by dialling 999 or 112.