Department issue 'Condition Orange High Fire risk' notice

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The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) have issued a Condition Orange High Fire Risk notice for the entire country.

The notice comes into effect from 12pm Monday, May 13, and will remain in place until 12pm on Friday, May 17. It has been put into place due to high pressure weather conditions, as well as the high temperatures and low humidity levels forecast for the week.

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The Department warns that a “high fire risk exists in all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist". They warned that areas of the highest risk are located in the west of the country and say conditions may be moderated by ambient wind speeds and live growth.

The notice is expected to remain in place until May 17, unless otherwise stated by the DAFM.