Orange level fire warning issued for North West

A status orange forest fire warning has been issued  for the North West for the next four days.

The Department of Agriculture says the risk of fire is now “high”, following the recent spell of warm, dry weather.

The alert will remain in place until 6 o’clock next Monday evening.

Landowners and members of the public are urged to be extra vigilant.

Donegal County Council has appealed for people to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires.

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

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 has also reminded 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 1st day of March and 31st day of August in any year.