Government warn public of forest fire danger
Minister of State at the Department of Communications Marine and Natural Resources, Mr. John Browne TD, today urged members of the public to exercise the utmost caution this weekend if visiting forest areas. The Ministers warning comes as temperatures continue to remain high and with land conditions remaining exceptionally dry.
Minister Browne said, It is likely that many people will take to the outdoors this weekend to enjoy the sunshine and avail of our many natural amenities. Our forests are a huge source of enjoyment and are visited by members of the public each year in great numbers. Given the exceptionaIly warm weather and resulting dry conditions, I would urge people visiting forest areas to exercise extreme caution and vigilance in order to prevent forest fires.
Approximately 450 hectares are lost in Ireland every year due to forest fires. Most Irish forest fires occur in April and May and approximately 80% of all fires are man-made.
The Minister concluded, People should be aware of the potential dangers of the careless disposal of cigarette ends and matches and be extra careful if planning barbecues or picnics. Our woodlands are there for all to enjoy and it is important that we take the necessary precautions to ensure that their well-being is protected. The bottom line is enjoy the beauty of our forests but be fully aware of the potential dangers of forest fires while doing so.