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Important public advisory notice for the June bank holiday weekend regarding the risk of fires in the countryside

3rd June, 2016

At this time of the year the countryside is exposed to a high risk of fire. This risk has increased because of the recent spell of hot and dry weather and will be further exacerbated during the bank holiday weekend when more people will enjoy outdoor activities.

Fire puts the lives of the people who have to fight them at risk, as well as causing major damage to property, wild life and habitats. Bord na Móna and the Fire Service reminds the public that it is illegal to set fires in growing vegetation between March 1st and August 28th.

Bord na Móna would also like to remind everyone enjoying the outdoors to refrain from lighting fires and to take care when disposing of lit cigarettes or other similar materials. We would also ask that anyone witnessing a fire on any area of bog or peatland to immediately alert the Gardaí and the Fire Service.

Bord na Móna and the Fire Service would like to thank you for your co-operation on this matter.