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26-06-2018, 16:00   #1
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Status Red Forest Fire Alert

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018...g-hot-weather/

Any reports of fires?

A terrible risk and we are all taking care
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26-06-2018, 16:09   #2
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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
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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.
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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...lic/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.
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Haven't really heard of forest fires yet, but plenty of gorse fires the last few days in North Wicklow/ South county Dublin.
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26-06-2018, 20:49   #6
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(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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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...rth-moor-fire/

Horrific ; such a huge tract of land
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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.
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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.
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