Bord na Móna has warned of  a "high risk" of wild fires as a result of improved weather. 

Ireland is currently experiencing a warm and dry spell of weather that has left the countryside exposed to a high risk of fire, the company said.

Fires in the countryside can start easily and spread rapidly and pose a threat to people’s lives, homes and property.

These fires are also responsible for the deaths of many species of wildlife, the company said in a statement today.

More than 60 trained Bord na Móna employees are monitoring fire-prone areas.

Bord na Móna and the fire service have reminded the public that it is illegal to set fires in growing vegetation between 1 March and 28 August.

Bord na Móna also asked the public to refrain from lighting fires outdoors and to take care when disposing of lit cigarettes. Anyone witnessing a fire on any area of bog or peatland is asked to immediately alert the gardaí and the fire service.