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IrelandForest fire warning issued as dry conditions forecast in coming days

00:00  14 may  2019
00:00  14 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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The condition orange - high fire risk warning will be in place pending significant rainfall from 12pm today (Tuesday) until June, 13th at 12pm. In a statement, The DAFM outlined: "Arising from current dry conditions and high temperatures associated with continental high pressure systems, a high fire risk

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Forest fire warning issued as dry conditions forecast in coming days Firefighters attempt to contain the huge blaze that has consumed hundreds of acres of gorse moor in Donegal. Photo: Pacemaker Belfast

The Forest Service has issued a Status Orange fire risk warning as dry conditions are forecast in the coming days.

It said that arising from current Easterly high pressure weather conditions, forecast high temperatures and low relative humidity levels, a High Fire Risk exists in all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist.

Fire risk warning is in place unitl Friday and is likely to be highest in westernmost areas with lowest expected humidity levels in coming days.

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The Forest Service has issued a ‘Status Orange’ fire warning on the back of Easterly High-Pressure conditions and forecast high temperatures. A High Fire Risk exists in all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist. The Forest Service has said

An emergency warning was issued for an out-of-control bushfire at Devon North in the Tarra Valley in Gippsland Yeo said the low-intensity heat wave, combined with dry fuel loads and forecast of gusty northerly winds for Climate forecast for Australia: hot days , higher fire risk, more severe droughts.

All forest owners and managers are again advised to prepare for likely outbreaks of fire.

Recent weeks have seen significant fire activity and losses in forestry. Fire lines, Fire Plans, fire suppression equipment should be reviewed and made ready and other relevant contingencies such as insurance, helicopter contracts etc., checked and confirmed.

"The need for increased vigilance at this time cannot be overstated," the Forest Service said.

Forest fire warning issued as dry conditions forecast in coming days © Getty A gorse blaze on Howth Head. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 18, 2013. The fire crews have contained the outbreak. Firefighters have been using buggies from Howth golf club to transport equipment on the hill where the fire burned about 2km square at the top of the headland. John Keogh, operations officer with Dublin Fire Brigade, said his teams were working to keep the blaze away from homes. See PA story FIRE Howth Ireland. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire (Photo by Julien Behal/PA Images via Getty Images)

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 Gardai and to report all fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999.

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A wildfire or wildland fire is an uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation occurring in rural areas. Depending on the type of vegetation present

Warning . The DAFM has stressed that all outdoor use of fires ; barbeques and other open ignition sources should be avoided on forest lands and in other high-risk areas, until further notice. Operators of agricultural machinery and those engaging in hay-making have been asked to take extreme caution

Met Éireann has forecast that the fine weather of the weekend is set to extend and to improve for the next five days.

Farmers have been advised to make the most of the spell of fine weather - as next weekend is set to prove unsettled, with a return to spells of rain and drizzle.

Last week saw heavy showers or longer spells of rain in south and east coastal counties brought the past 7 day's rainfall 1.5 times above average in these areas.

Over the rest of the country it was drier than average particularly over Connacht with less than 2 mm of rain in parts here over the last week.

Much of the coming week will see high pressure dominate bringing predominately dry weather, with little or no rainfall until very late in the week or next weekend.

Forest fire warning issued as dry conditions forecast in coming days © Getty Firefighters battling a gorse blaze on Howth Head. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 18, 2013. The fire crews have contained the outbreak. Firefighters have been using buggies from Howth golf club to transport equipment on the hill where the fire burned about 2km square at the top of the headland. John Keogh, operations officer with Dublin Fire Brigade, said his teams were working to keep the blaze away from homes. See PA story FIRE Howth Ireland. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire (Photo by Julien Behal/PA Images via Getty Images)

Tomorrow and Wednesday will see the finest of the weather conditions this week, with extended spells of bright sunshine, little cloud and no rainfall.

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A Condition Red danger warning for forest fires has been issued for the second time in a week by the Department of Agriculture in advance of further high Temperatures are due to range between 20 - 28 degrees during the week and conditions are forecast to remain warm and heavy throughout.

Temperatures will reach 19C and even 20C in some places - an entire seven degrees warmer than last Friday.

Even overnight temperatures won't drop below 4C for the next few days.

Connacht and parts of Ulster will enjoy the best of the warm temperatures - with breezy conditions having a cooling effect in both the south and south-east.

"We have high pressure building from Sunday," forecaster Joanna Donnelly said.

"Thursday and Friday are also looking to be largely dry and with good sunny spells but there is just a chance of rain, particularly in the west, as well as isolated showers elsewhere."

However, temperatures will drop slightly in the latter part of the week - with Thursday and Friday likely to see a high of 16C or 17C.

By Saturday, there will be a return to more unsettled conditions, with spells of rain expected from the east.

Met Éireann stressed that while the amount of rainfall involved will be quite small, it will bring cooler overall temperatures.

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