WATCH: Dublin firefighters rush to battle dangerous wildfire blaze in Lucan

By Amy Donohoe

Dublin firefighters had to rush to battle a wildfire blaze in Lucan earlier today.

Firefighters tackled the fire near the Grand Canal which contained trees and vegetation immediately.

But they warned that these fires can be tricky to fight as they can spread quickly if there’s good weather.

Dublin Fire Brigade tweeted: “Firefighters extinguishing trees and vegetation alongside the Grand Canal in Lucan.

“Fires like these have the potential to quickly spread particularly during a dry spell.”

Wildfires can have catastrophic impacts on upland habitats and rural communities, putting homes, property and lives at risk and diverting emergency services from their main tasks.

And DFB have warned that wildfires are urging the public to “take care” when lighting BBQs or cigarettes.

They have even issued a warning about car exhausts.

Forest fires are extremely dangerous as dead moorland vegetation can dry out very fast and it becomes highly flammable.

A Yellow Warning is in place in all areas where hazardous fine fuels such as dead grasses, gorse and heather are present in proximity to forests and other assets.

This will remain until the end of the main peak fire season in September 2021 unless otherwise upgraded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Here’s what you should keep in mind.

Help stop wildfires by:

  • Not lighting camp fires.

  • Not using a barbecue, disposable or re-useable, outside of designated areas.

  • Disposing of smoking materials in a responsible manner.

  • Leaving no trace. Take your litter home. The sun’s energy can be magnified through glass bottles, and litter can be set on fire by opportunistic arsonists.

  • Reporting suspicious or anti-social behaviour to An Garda Siochana at the first opportunity.

  • Not parking on grass verges. Your car’s exhaust system can start a fire.

  • Parking responsibly. Illegal and irresponsible parking can hamper our efforts of getting fire appliances to the fire quickly.

If there is a fire:

  • Don’t attempt to fight the fire.

  • Retreat to a safe location.

  • Call 112 or 999 immediately. The quicker we know about the fire the quicker we can deal with it. Don’t assume someone else has called it in.

  • If you don’t know exactly where you are, describe a landmark or building that you can meet the firefighters at.

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