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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,135 ✭✭✭✭ Larbre34


    We might be, but the usual selfish feckless eejits who go out in nature twice a year to get drunk and barbecue wherever they feel like won't be.

    Although it is so ridiculously dry I would expect quite a few fires within the week, especially in the gorse


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,446 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7


    Larbre34 wrote: »
    We might be, but the usual selfish feckless eejits who go out in nature twice a year to get drunk and barbecue wherever they feel like won't be.

    Although it is so ridiculously dry I would expect quite a few fires within the week, especially in the gorse

    In Canada where areas are on Red Fire Alert and signs are everywhere, a man is in jail for throwing a lighted cigarette from a car window. A cop happened to see him and pulled him over and picked the cigarette up..

    And we can only each do what we can do. and report any fires.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,047 ✭✭✭ civdef


    You can see fires here nearly live (cloud cover can normally hamper satellite detection a bit - but not a problem this week):

    http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/static/effis_current_situation/public/index.html


    It also can show fire danger ratings using different models for the next few days.


    It's not all about weather - at this time of year the risk isn't generally as high as late April, start of May because the vegetation has greened up and contains a lot of moisture.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,388 ✭✭✭ Macy0161


    Haven't really heard of forest fires yet, but plenty of gorse fires the last few days in North Wicklow/ South county Dublin.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,187 ✭✭✭✭ M.T. Cranium


    (also posted in heat wave thread)

    Recent visible satellite imagery was showing several streaks that could be smoke from wildfires. Could anyone confirm or deny?

    The ones that I noticed were (a) near Mullingar heading w.s.w. and relatively large, (b) somewhere southwest of Mullingar parallel to (a), then (c) several smaller ones in west Cork and south Kerry.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,187 ✭✭✭✭ M.T. Cranium


    Re Canadian forest fires, in general terms three quarters of North American forest fires are human caused and the other quarter are the work of lightning, although that ratio tends to increase if there are frequent dry thunderstorms.

    It's either some butthead tossing a butt while walking a trail or driving, or a campfire not totally extinguished, or it can be from cars parking on dry grass in parks within forested areas, just sparking a fire from the heat of their running motors. Another cause can be train track sparks jumping into nearby forested areas.

    Not something you often have to think about in Ireland but all those same things could happen there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,195 ✭✭✭ Gaoth Laidir


    In Sardinia every year the bulk of fires are caused by caffoni deliberately starting them early in the morning. Proper firefighting air service there, with Canadairs and Helitankers flat out a lot of days. The grass there is brown/yellow from around May-October.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 489 ✭✭ Mullaghteelin


    The streetlights are casting beams as if there is a slight smokiness in the air in Balbriggan. Its very subtle, but theres something hanging in the air.
    Theres also a large fire near Manchester tonight, with homes at risk.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1 Deedee5


    The streetlights are casting beams as if there is a slight smokiness in the air in Balbriggan. Its very subtle, but theres something hanging in the air.
    Theres also a large fire near Manchester tonight, with homes at risk.

    Also in Balbriggan and seen the same. It’s quite odd. No smell of smoke could be dust from the fields?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,388 ✭✭✭ Macy0161


    Theres also a large fire near Manchester tonight, with homes at risk.
    That fire has been going for 3 or 4 days - pick up and change in wind direction put the homes in danger.


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,446 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7


    Macy0161 wrote: »
    That fire has been going for 3 or 4 days - pick up and change in wind direction put the homes in danger.

    https://www.rte.ie/news/uk/2018/0627/973511-saddleworth-moor-fire/

    Horrific ; such a huge tract of land


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,256 ✭✭✭ Irish Stones


    In Sardinia every year the bulk of fires are caused by caffoni deliberately starting them early in the morning. Proper firefighting air service there, with Canadairs and Helitankers flat out  a lot of days. The grass there is brown/yellow from around May-October.
    Over here in Italy we wouldn't use that soft word (caffoni, that actually is cafoni, plural of cafone) to describe such a disgusting human being that loves to see forests and bushes in fire.


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,446 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7


    Over here in Italy we wouldn't use that soft word (caffoni, that actually is cafoni, plural of cafone) to describe such a disgusting human being that loves to see forests and bushes in fire.

    We do have more suitable words here in Ireland.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,460 ✭✭✭ Kamili


    Theres been a forest fire in Saggart over the weekend.

    https://lovindublin.com/video/aerial-view-drone-saggart-fire


    https://twitter.com/DubFireBrigade/status/1010587401230671874

    https://twitter.com/DubFireBrigade/status/1010540112323674112

    and of course people get in the way:

    https://twitter.com/DubFireBrigade/status/1010844168862818305


    I was up that way on Saturday and saw the helicopter refilling in the lake up at Brittas to try put it out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,256 ✭✭✭ Irish Stones


    Graces7 wrote: »
    Over here in Italy we wouldn't use that soft word (caffoni, that actually is cafoni, plural of cafone) to describe such a disgusting human being that loves to see forests and bushes in fire.

    We do have more suitable words here  in Ireland.
    I'm sure you do!


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,359 ✭✭✭ highdef


    Looks like a large fire has broken out in the Dublin mountains. Can see it clearly from near the city centre.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,617 ✭✭✭ Rougies


    highdef wrote: »
    Looks like a large fire has broken out in the Dublin mountains. Can see it clearly from near the city centre.


    That looks like a big one!


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,135 ✭✭✭✭ Larbre34


    Is it the Saggart fire flared up again I wonder?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,617 ✭✭✭ Rougies


    Larbre34 wrote: »
    Is it the Saggart fire flared up again I wonder?


    Nah, it's way southeast of Saggart. I can see the source plume from my window here. Looks like it's coming from the Killakee Mountain area. Really belching out a lot of smoke now.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 30,446 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7


    https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0627/973640-forest-fires-dublin-fire-brigade/

    " Dublin Fire Brigade has said it is still working to damp down forest fires in woods in the Dublin hills.

    Fire Brigade crews have attended the affected areas repeatedly over the last few weeks to spray water and use shovels to beat down flames at several sites around the Barnaslingan/Lead Mines area near Kilternan.

    But the heat has now got into the ground at the fire sites and embers in the vegetation and the turf are reigniting the flames when fanned by breezes or winds.

    A spokesperson told RTÉ News that it will take "three good days of rain" to cool off the ground and properly extinguish the fires. Until then the fire brigade will continue to monitor the situation and is working with Coillte and other landowners. "

    When I lived by the Cornish coast, a headland caught fire and the same there.It went into the ground and rumbled on for weeks .

    we need rain


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,047 ✭✭✭ civdef


    https://southernafrica.afis.co.za/

    This is a South African site but has good satellite detection for all over the world - if you click on Active Fire (Low Earth Orbit) and then Modis/VIIRS fires active today you can see the current bigger fires (smouldering fires generally won't be detected).


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,617 ✭✭✭ Rougies


    Went up to take a closer look at that Dublin mountain fire. It was on the western slopes of Killakee Mountain (this photo is looking at the eastern slope). Seems to be stopped now.


    K7rQvCy.jpg


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 10,455 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Meteorite58




  • Registered Users Posts: 30,446 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7


    There was a car burnt out when the wind changed direction. no one hurt, thankfully..

    https://www.rte.ie/news/weather/2018/0628/973784-weather-ireland/


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ Donegal Storm


    Was out for a jog along the canal this evening and the bushes along the canal verge are all on fire, presumably either a cigarette or some idiot kids. Fire brigade just showed up as I got back so should limit the damage, about 50 metres burned but luckily only spreading linearly along the canal


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,986 ✭✭✭ giveitholly


    Forest fire near the kilbehenny/Mitchelstown area,helicopters taking water from the lakes on the galtees


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,402 ✭✭✭ dogmatix


    Big fire just starting up on the three rock mountain, dublin. It's behind the old gym building - I was up at the summit at lunchtime and all was clear then. We where remarking on the prominent wildfire over at Carrickgollogan at the time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,617 ✭✭✭ Rougies


    dogmatix wrote: »
    Big fire just starting up on the three rock mountain, dublin. It's behind the old gym building - I was up at the summit at lunchtime and all was clear then. We where remarking on the prominent wildfire over at Carrickgollogan at the time.


    https://twitter.com/DubFireBrigade/status/1014160954110640128


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,894 ✭✭✭ BLIZZARD7


    Looks like 2 or 3 separate fires on three rock now, close together though.


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