The recent spate of wildfires in Ireland illustrate the vulnerability of some Irish forests to fire damage. In total, 37 fires have destroyed wildlife and forest habitats in eight counties, with serious forest damage particularly in Co Leitrim.

The obvious answer to this threat is to prevent fires from starting in the first place, but a small minority of farmers and members of the public continue to start fires every year, especially from 7 March to 31 August, even though it is illegal do so. Despite repeated pleas by government and other agencies, this reckless behaviour is likely to continue, so the best way to minimise the fire threat is to have a fire plan in place for each forest unit.