04 Jul 2022

Warning - high risk of wildfires across Donegal as dry spell continues

Property owners asked to play their part in preventing fires

Emergency services tackling a wildfire blaze in Ranafast

The warning is for all areas of Donegal

The spell of dry, breezy weather is leading to an increased risk of wildfires, and property owners are urged to play their part in preventing the spread of any such fires. 

This time of year is the peak risk for wildfires in Donegal and across Ireland and recent years have seen a lot of damage to land, forestry, wildlife and property.

As a result of current conditions, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has issued a Fire Danger Notice, Condition Orange. It applied to all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses, and other vegetation exist.

The Notice is in effect from 2 pm on Monday, April 25, to midday on Friday, April 29.

Donegal County Council wishes to appeal 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.

House holders 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.   

Donegal County Council would also like to remind 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 in any year.


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