Waterford Fire Service issue warning as drought sparks fire fears

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Waterford Fire Service issue warning as drought sparks fire fears

Waterford Fire Service issue warning as drought sparks fire fears

As thousands of us enjoy the continuing warm spell, Waterford City Fire Services have warned people to be vigilant for gorse and woodland fires.

The Department of Agriculture has issued the highest possible red warning for such fires as vegetation dries up in the heat, causing a major fire risk. People are asked to avoid lighting fires in rural areas as they can spread and cause extensive damage to vegetation and buildings. 

Waterford City Fire Services has said, "We are dealing with a lot of grass, gorse and woodland fires lately, some caused by the heat we are experiencing and some malicious."

VIDEO: Fire Services tackling a woodland blaze in the Comeragh Mountains this week

They have asked people to inform them immediately if they see a grass, gorse or woodland fire, adding, "do not assume somebody already has." Tackling such fires early is key for firefighters to avoid spreading and further damage. A raging fire is also a risk to life. 

"We are very lucky to have two 4x4 jeeps, one of which is fitted with an onboard water tank which has a powerlance and an under-vehicle spray bar," Waterford Fire Services said.

"These are extremely useful for this type of fire as sometimes we cannot get a conventional fire appliance near enough to deal with it."

If you see a wild fire and wish to report it, you can contact emergency staff by dialling 999 or 112.

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