Wildfire damage across the Mournes assessed by DAERA and Partner Agencies | Newry Times

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2022
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Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) officials have been assessing the damage caused by recent wildfires across the Mournes.

 

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Minister Poots explains, “Between the 1 March and 13 April 2022, there were 45 wildfires which caused damage to an estimated 720ha of land mostly within the Eastern and Western Mournes which are both designated Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI).

“The impact of uncontrolled wildfires on habitats in Northern Ireland is of significant concern. Given the large scale damage that uncontrolled wildfires can cause, it is essential to raise awareness of the issue.

“As we approach the summer season, with dryer weather and longer evenings, more of us will be venturing outdoors.

“So I’d urge everyone to heed our advice to help protect themselves and our environment from wildfires.”

Norman Haslett, Superintendent, District Commander PSNI comments, “Wildfires are illegal and the deliberate malicious setting of wildfires is a criminal offence.

“We hope to use these site visits with colleagues from NIFRS and DAERA to determine the cause and origin of a number of the recent fires and take the necessary follow up action.

“If members of the public have information about anyone who has started wildfires, please let the Police know by ringing 101 or contact CrimeStoppers 0800 555111.

“Not only do these fires cause widespread damage to our precious countryside, but they can also put lives at risk.”