News 2013

Title: Help prevent fires in the uplands
Date: 03/04/2013
System Date: 03/04/2013
As many parts of the country have experienced dry and cold weather over recent weeks there is currently a high risk of fires in the uplands, particularly in the west. Hillwalkers and climbers are asked to be vigilant at this time and help prevent devastating fires by following this advice:
  • Do not block forest entrances or roads when parking - access may be required by the fire service or forestry personnel in the event of an emergency. Their jobs will be made easier if the roads are clear.
  • Be prepared – Any responsible walking party should have the equipment and skills to provide very  accurate location information about fire incidents to the emergency services, using tools such as mobile phones, maps and a GPS. 
  • Do not light fires in or near woodland. You will be responsible if fire spreads from a campfire or barbeque. Use only designated barbeque points where available. Thoroughly soak barbeque embers after use and take them home with your rubbish. 
  • Report any fires you see immediately to the emergency services - Dial 999 or 112. Give clear details as regards location, where at all possible using a grid reference and any other useful information such as the size of the fire, wind direction, proximity to dwellings or forestry etc. You will not be billed by the fire service or local authority for making the call.
  • Report any illegal and suspicious activity to the Gardai. Dangerous or irresponsible burning activity should not be tolerated in our communities.
  • Do not approach fires - Wildfires can be extremely dangerous and can rapidly change direction and behaviour without notice. Avoid traversing uphill above fires, fire can travel uphill faster than you can run. Smoke can be highly disorienting and damaging to health. Avoid passing through smoke. 
  • Do not attempt to extinguish fires yourself. Fire fighting is dangerous work and should be left to suitably equipped and trained personnel. Call the fire service and retreat to a safe distance.