The public have been warned to be vigilant to prevent forest and gorse fires during the spell of warm weather.

The Department of Agriculture has issued a Condition Orange fire risk warning, which is in place until Monday 1 July.

In a statement, the Dept said "a high fire risk is deemed to exist in areas where hazardous fuels exist."

The statement says that a combination of high temperatures and moderate winds have increased the threat of fires.

The highest ignition risk is deemed to exist in public areas near urban centres and on areas of open land at risk from illegal dumping and the burning of wastes.

Forest owners and managers are advised to prepare for likely fire outbreaks.

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity is urged to contact gardaí and to report all fires to emergency services immediately.

The Dept has also issued the following advice to members of the public:

  • Do not light fires in and around forests or open land.
  • Do not attempt to intervene or fight fires under any circumstances. 
  • If in the vicinity of a fire move to a safe fuel-free location such as a car park, upwind of the fire. 
  • Telephone emergency services via 112 and report the fire and its location.
  • Evacuate if instructed to do so, and co-operate with all emergency service instructions.