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07 Jul 2022

Wildfire warning in place over the weekend

Landowners and members of the public are urged to be vigilant  

Emergency services tackling a wildfire blaze in Ranafast

The warning is for all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses, and other vegetation exist

A warning has been issued over the potential for wildfires in the coming days.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has issued a condition orange fire danger notice which will be in place until midday on Monday.

The warning is for all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses, and other vegetation exist.  

Donegal County Council has appealed to landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires.

Landowners and members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the fire service by dialling 999 or 112.

The council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires.

 Householders or building owners in areas susceptible to wildfire are advised to remove or cut back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity of their house, building or oil tank to prevent wildfires damaging or destroying their property. Cleared areas should be maintained free of vegetation and combustible material.   

 The council is reminding landowners and members of the public that under the Wildlife Acts, 1976 and 2000 it is an offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated between March 1 and August 31.

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