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Circular no. 09 of 2016 Issue date:  25/05/2016

Forest Fire Danger Rating

Orange Alert

Condition Orange – High Fire Risk

Be Prepared

Be Insured


Warning Effective From:  1200hrs 25/05/2016
Effective Period Expires: 1200hrs 07/06/2016

Arising from projected high pressure dominated weather patterns and impacts of this weather on the flammability of fine fuels a High Fire Risk (Condition Orange) is deemed likely to exist in coming days in all areas where such fuels are present in proximity to forests and other assets.  A further risk element is involved due to the oncoming June Bank Holiday weekend, and expected increases in human risk activity in high fire risk areas over this period.

Pending significant rainfall, this risk condition will remain in place until 1200hrs on 07/06/2016 unless otherwise stated by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

All forest owners and managers are again advised to prepare for likely outbreaks of fire. Fire lines, Fire Plans, fire suppression equipment should be reviewed and made ready and other relevant contingencies such as insurance, helicopter contracts etc., checked and confirmed.

The need for increased vigilance at this time cannot be overstated. Forest owners, farmers, rural dwellers and other countryside users are asked to be extremely vigilant regarding fire activity, to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Gardai and to report all fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999.
Fire patrols are advised in known fire hotspots.

The Department recommends that forest owners and managers should consider the fire mitigation measures that they can put in place to help prevent loss or damage to forest resources through fire. Examples of such measures are:

1.Risk assessment:
Assess your property with regard to fire risk and mitigation factors. Is there a risk of fire or presence of hazardous fuel vegetation on neighbouring lands? Is there a history of land burning in the vicinity of your forest? Are access routes adequate, accessible and clear of obstructions?  Is there a firebreak in place and has it been adequately maintained?



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There are four elements to our insurance policy:

  • Sum Insured – Cover for the loss of growth in the value of your forest
  • Reconstitution – Cover for reinstating your forest. Cover for (cultivation, trees, fencing, fertiliser etc.)
  • Fire Brigade – Cover for fire brigade call out charges
  • Public Liability – Cover for legal liability in case of injury caused to members of the public arising from your forestry activities. Forest owners can opt to insure for sum insured and fire brigade only or include reconstitution cover and public liability

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