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blaze outbreaks Dublin Fire Brigade say they fear wildfires are being started deliberately as warning issued

With dry weather and an orange fire warning in place, we're asking everyone to be fire aware if out and about," a spokesman said.

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Fire in Swords. Photo Twitter: Dublin Fire Brigade

Fire in Swords. Photo Twitter: Dublin Fire Brigade

Fire in Swords. Photo Twitter: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade has urged the public to be vigilant about wildfires - amid fears some of them are being started deliberately. 

The warnings come amid higher temperatures and a lengthy dry spell of weather which has seen an increase in groups gathering outdoors.

On social media, DFB has urged public caution and added that with the current spell of dry weather there is an orange fire warning in place.

“Swords firefighters were called to vegetation fires this week with multiple ignition points. These are normally indicators of fires that have been deliberately set,” they wrote on Twitter.

“With dry weather and an orange fire warning in place, we're asking everyone to be fire aware if out and about.”

DFB has also advised members of the public of precautions they can take to prevent wildfire igniting.

They include not having barbecues or lighting camp fires in wild land areas, disposing of smoking materials responsibly and reporting any suspicious activity to the Gardai.

Firefighters have had to take on a number of gorse and vegetation fires in the county in recent days, including in Howth.

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