Following a quick response from both air and ground emergency services, gorse fires at Howth Head were attended for the second week recently, writes Rose Barrett.
Dublin Fire Brigade note the fires in Howth were challenging to extinguish as they are in difficult to reach locations and on uneven terrain.
“We are appealing to people visiting Howth, and other natural amenities, to be ‘fire aware’.
“The increase of human activity in these areas bring with it a higher incidence of fire. You should not light any camp fires or barbecues in these areas: take care when disposing of smoking materials and report anti-social or suspicious behaviour to An Garda Siochana,” said spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade.
“Should you come across a wildfire, retreat to a safe position and alert us on 112 or 999. Don’t assume someone else has rang. The earlier we know about the fire, the quicker we can extinguish it!”
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