ALL controlled burning has been banned by Cork County Fire Service following a number of large outdoor fires in the past week.
In a statement issued by Cork County Council, the Fire Service advised all landowners to “cease and desist all controlled burning effective immediately.”
The statement said since last Thursday, March 26, Bantry, Castletownbere, Schull, Skibbereen, Dunmanway, Midleton, Macroom, Mallow and Fermoy Fire Brigades have all attended various gorse / outdoor fires with some of these calls requiring the attendance of multiple brigades.
“Since March 1, it is illegal for landowners to burn off the scrub, vegetation etc. from the land.
"These fires can draw important fire brigade resources away from responding to other emergency calls, especially at this current time when our resources may be required elsewhere.”
The Fire Service said that controlled Burning should not take place under any circumstances and communications centres will not accept caller details and details of controlled burns at this time.
“For anybody living in areas that are prone to gorse fires, we would as always advise that you remove gorse and dead vegetation from around buildings, oil tanks, fences, forestry and poles in order to reduce your risk of losses due to any potential gorse fires that may occur.”
The County Fire Service went on to reassure the public that they were ready to attend emergency calls throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
“We would like to thank you for your continued support and cooperation with this. Stay home and stay safe
“Remember, in an emergency phone 999 or 112 and know your Eircode.”