An orange, high-fire warning has been issued for swathes of Donegal as forecasters predict a scorching Easter weekend.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine issued the warning on Thursday, April 18 and it will remain in place until Tuesday, April 23.
Temperatures are set to soar between 17C to 21C over the holiday weekend.
Donegal County Council has urged landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and similar.
The council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires – especially to those heading outdoors to take extra care with camping stoves, cigarettes and throw-away barbecues.
Householders or building owners in areas susceptible to wildfire are advised to remove or cut back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity of their house, building or oil tank to prevent wildfires damaging or destroying their property.
Members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire Service by dialling 999 or 112.