There’s been a 50 per cent reduction over the past five years in the number of times the fire service has been called out to gorse fires in Kerry. Since the establishment of the Kerry Wildfire Inter Agency Group, the number of callouts has gone from 561 in 2010, to 220 in 2015. Meanwhile in response to a recent spate of uncontrolled fires in Kerry and Cork, the Department of Agriculture has repeated warnings that burning land remains unlawful between the 1st of March and 31st of August under current legislation. The Kerry Wildfire Inter Agency Group’s 2016 strategy aims to continue advising landowners on fire prevention and their obligations to notify gardaí and the fire services of their intention to burn. The group says the promotion of the Control Burning Notification Systems has ensured that the fire services aren’t called out to attend a controlled burn where there’s no threat to human health, forests, or property. Last year, nearly 700 control burning notifications were made in Kerry. Since the establishment of the Kerry Wildfire Inter Agency Group, the number of callouts to wild fires has gone from 561 in 2010, to 220 in 2015. The group’s 2016 strategy was presented at the recent monthly meeting of Kerry County Council, where councillors called for a one month extension to the March 1st deadline for burning vegetation. Meanwhile the Department of Agriculture has issued a warning following a recent spate of uncontrolled burning incidents in Kerry and Cork, reiterating that burning is illegal between the 1st of March and 31st of August under current legislation.