Appeal For People To Report Any Gorse Fires Spotted Around The Midlands

Fires in the Slieve Blooms last year.

The recent dry weather has led to an orange level alert for forest fires.

People out enjoying the good weather over the coming days are being urged to report any gorse fires to emergency services.

The dry weather has seen a number break out over the past week, including in Carlow, Galway, Mayo and Kerry.

An orange level alert for forest fires has been extended until Friday by the Department of Agriculture.

Spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade, Darren O'Connor, says the dry weather's causing problems:

Advice to the General Public/Forest Visitors

Members of the public and visitors to recreational areas should cooperate with all requests regarding fire safety, obey all relevant bye-laws and be considerate in parking vehicles so as not to impede access by emergency vehicles.

Where fire outbreaks occur at or near recreational areas the following actions should be taken by visitors in the interests of safety.

1. Do not light fires in and around forests or open land.
2. Do not attempt to intervene or fight fires under any circumstances.
3. Gather all family/group members and move to a safe fuel-free location such as a car park, upwind of the fire.
4. Telephone Fire and Rescue Services via 112 and report the fire and its location.
5. Evacuate if instructed to do so, and cooperate with all Emergency Service Instructions.

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