Kerry Fire Service Issues Advice As Status Orange Forest Fire Warning Issued

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WITH a forecast of dry weather for the weekend, a status Orange warning for forest fires has been issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine from today through until Monday.

Kerry Fire Service says the public need to be extra vigilant over the weekend and have issued advice for the general public who are out and about over the weekend.

“Wildfires can have catastrophic impacts on upland habitats and rural communities, putting homes, property and lives at risk and diverting emergency services from their main tasks,” reads the statement.

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“Everybody has a part to play in protecting our unique rural landscapes, communities, habitats and forest resources from the threats posed by wildfire. If you are out and about enjoying our countryside and forests this weekend, please help to reduce the risks of fire by keeping the following in mind:

• Do not light fires in or around forests or on open land
• Do not block forest entrances
• If you see a fire, report it immediately to the emergency services – Dial 999 or 112.
• Report any illegal and suspicious activity to the Gardai.
• Do not approach fires
• Do not attempt to extinguish fires yourself”

The advice comes after Kerry Fire Service responded to 21 call-outs last weekend, including 12 gorse fires.

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