Department of Agriculture issues forest fire warning

One unit of Tralee fire brigade spent two-and-a-half-hours attending the scene of a gorse fire yesterday. Portmagee Gorsefire 210415 The blaze was located on the Short Mountain Road. Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine has issued a warning about the risk of forest fires. Farmers, forest owners and managers, and members of the public in Kerry are being reminded that there’s a higher risk of fire during spring months on certain types of land, particularly upland areas. The Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine is reminding people in Kerry that a number of major wildfires have occurred in recent years which destroyed or damaged property, including farmland and forests. They say that following dry weather a wildfire risk can quickly develop in areas where there’s flammable vegetation such as grasses, gorse, and heather, especially near forests. Land owners, rural dwellers, and other land users are being asked to be vigilant regarding fire over the coming months. The Department is urging all forest owners and forest managers to check their fire plans and ensure that fire-breaks are clear of flammable vegetation, and that forest access routes are clear of obstructions. Land owners are reminded that it’s illegal, under the Wildlife Acts, to burn growing vegetation between the 1st of March and 31st of August. The Department says uncontrolled or unattended fires should be reported immediately to the fire service.