23/03/2016

Farmers And Landowners Warned Against Illegal Burning Of Land

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has renewed its warning to farmers and other landowners that the burning of land is unlawful between 01 March and 31 August under current legislation.

The department repeated the warning in response to a recent spate of uncontrolled burning incidents in counties Cork and Kerry.

They reiterated previous warnings that land which is found to have been burned outside of the legal season can be considered ineligible for payment under Department schemes, including Basic Payment Scheme, GLAS and other area based schemes.

Satellite based detection and assessment of recently affected areas is now underway. In addition, further inspections may be conducted on lands where fire incidents have been detected since March 1st.

Current fire behaviour has been described as moderate, but there is a strong possibility of further and potentially higher fire risk conditions emerging again next month, as spring weather conditions improve and temperatures increase.

(MH)

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