Condition Orange – High Fire Risk

Warning Effective From 1200hrs 20/05/2020
Effective Period Expires 1200hrs 22/05/2020

Arising from increased temperatures and low recent rainfall levels, a high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels such as dead grasses and shrub fuels such as
heather and gorse exist.

Based on recent fire incidents, most ignitions risks appear to be associated with deliberate ignitions on public recreation lands and forest sites open for public recreation. Fire behaviour during the lifespan of this warning is likely to be strongly influenced by high wind speeds ahead of any rain fronts associated with storm ‘Arthur’ later in the week, especially in
Eastern Regions, but may be moderated by increased live growth in vegetation.

Members of the public intending to visit forests and other public recreational sites are reminded of the requirement to remain within 5km of their homes and to adhere to regulations introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19. Vehicles should not be parked at site entrances or impede emergency service access to forest roads.

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