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weather alert Dublin Fire Brigade warns of risk of wildfires as weekend sunshine sees crowds flock outdoors

Despite heavy rainfall last week, emergency services have said that wildfires are still happening and are urging the public to “take care” with BBQs and cigarettes

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Judy O'Brien's dogs Bambi and Lady Chiwawa enjoy an ice cream at Sandymount Strand this afternoon. Picture: Collins

Judy O'Brien's dogs Bambi and Lady Chiwawa enjoy an ice cream at Sandymount Strand this afternoon. Picture: Collins

Judy O'Brien's dogs Bambi and Lady Chiwawa enjoy an ice cream at Sandymount Strand this afternoon. Picture: Collins

Dublin Fire Brigade has warned that wildfire alerts remain in place this week.

The warning comes as Dublin basks in sunshine today with highs of 13 degrees and clear skies.

However, despite the heavy rainfall that occurred during the week, the emergency services have said that wildfires are still happening and are urging the public to “take care” when lighting BBQs or cigarettes.

Taking to Twitter to get the message out, the Dublin Fire Brigade account tweeted: “Despite recent rain vegetation fires are still occurring.

“If you're out and about in the sunshine today take care with cigarettes and BBQs. Fine fuels like grass dry out very quickly.

“A yellow warning for #wildfires is in place until September,” they added.

The warning comes after the severe forest fires that took place in Killarney National Park at the end of April.

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Met Eireann has predicted a rise in temperatures in the coming days

Met Eireann has predicted a rise in temperatures in the coming days

Met Eireann has predicted a rise in temperatures in the coming days

In a statement issued last month, Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan said that an investigation would be carried out to establish what had happened and said it was imperative that people understand the dangers of starting such fires.

“I would appeal to members of the public to be conscious of the dangers posed by fire on open ground,” the minister said.

“Even planned or controlled burning can get out of hand very quickly.

“So, it is critically important that every member of society realises the damage that can be caused to property and, indeed, the health and welfare of family, neighbours and the wider community, and the responding emergency services.”

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