Hot weather raises risk of forest fires, warns body

More than 60 trained Bord na Móna employees are monitoring fire-prone areas

Bord na Mona has warned of the dangers of wild fires as the fine weather has resulted in a “high risk” of blazes

Bord na Mona has warned of the dangers of wild fires as the fine weather has resulted in a “high risk” of blazes

 

Bord na Mona has warned of the dangers of wild fires as the fine weather has resulted in a “high risk” of blazes.

More than 60 trained Bord na Móna employees are monitoring fire-prone areas as temperatures soar.

“Ireland is currently experiencing a warm and dry spell of weather that has left the countryside exposed to a high risk of fire,” according to Bord na Móna.

“Fires in the countryside can start easily and spread rapidly and pose a threat to people’s lives, homes and property. These fires are also responsible for the deaths of many species of wildlife,” it said in a statement.

Bord na Móna and the fire service are reminding people that it is illegal to set fires in growing vegetation between March 1st and August 28th.

To combat the current threat, more than 60 Bord na Móna employees have volunteered for a fire-watch programme to help with the early detection and combatting of countryside fires.

Bord na Móna is asking the public to refrain from lighting fires outdoors and to take care when disposing of cigarettes. Anyone witnessing a fire on any area of bog or peatland is asked to immediately alert the Garda and the Fire Service.