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Cork County Councils Statement on the Burning of Vegetation:

Cork County Council wishes to advise that it is illegal to use burning to control vegetation between the 1st of March and the 1st of September.

Cork County Council’s Fire Services continues to respond to ‘gorse fire’ call outs, however given the current Covid 19 pandemic and its impact on resources, landowners are being called upon to act responsibily and observe these laws.

Mayor of the County of Cork Councillor Ian Doyle commenting on these fires said: “Now, more than ever, we need to consider how our actions affect our own wellbeing, that of the community, and the nation. This pandemic has revealed just how connected we are and it is essential that we all do our part to protect the public health.”

“The lives of property owners, people on the land and our front line emergency personnel, who are already under pressure, are endangered by illegal fires. Everyone in our community needs to be mindful of how their actions can affect the lives of others. Now is the time for solidarity and observance of the law and of guidelines set out by the HSE. We all need to do everything we can to allow our emergency services to respond to the situation at hand.”

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