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Gorse Fire

Orange forest fire warning in place as temperatures rise

People are being reminded not to light fires near forests or open land.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS issued a forest fire danger rating of orange as high temperatures and low humidity levels are forecast for the rest of this week.

The condition orange rating indicates a high risk of fire in all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation are present.

The warning will remain in place until Friday and members of the public are being asked to be vigilant and report the fire immediately.

People are then advised to move to a safe fuel-free location such as a car park, upwind of the fire. 

Members of the public should not attempt to tackle these fires alone or without adequate training and protective equipment, however. 

The government has today also reminded members of the public not to light fires around forests or open land.

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