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Do not make an open fire when a forest fire warning is in operation - not even at campfire sites provided in hiking destinations!

5/30/18

A forest fire warning is in operation in the whole country, and the forest fire index is reaching historically high values. The splendid weather makes for great hiking, but you should bring a picnic rather than plan cooking your lunch out in the forest. Open fires must not be built anywhere at the moment. Not even on specially provided campfire sites.

A forest fire warning means that you must not make an open fire. Not even at campfire sites provided in national parks and other destinations. We must all take special care to prevent the risk of forest fires.

While a forest fire warning is in operation, making an open fire is ALWAYS prohibited, except in fireplaces raised above the ground equipped with a flue. In some areas, the fire authorities have also prohibited the use of fireplaces with flues. Follow the information provided by the fire authorities.

The ground in the forest is really, really dry and catches fire easily. So be responsible and do not light a fire. You should also not use disposable barbecues and similar, as they may also allow fire to spread along the ground or from flying sparks.

Do not make a fire here, either, while a forest fire warning is in operation.

Do not make a fire here, either, while a forest fire warning is in operation. Photo: Juha Paso / Metsähallitus

While a forest fire warning is in operation, making a fire is also prohibited here.

While a forest fire warning is in operation, making a fire is also prohibited here. Photo: Maarit Kirvesnäki

This is not the time for cooking sausages over an open fire.

This is not the time for cooking sausages over an open fire. Photo: Upe Nykänen / Metsähallitus

This is also a site where open fires are made.

This is also a site where open fires are made. Photo: Linda Kartano / Metsähallitus

Do not light a fire at this campfire site, either.

Do not light a fire at this campfire site, either. Photo: Linda Kartano / Metsähallitus

If you see a forest fire, call the emergency number (112) immediately. Putting the fire out as soon as possible is vital. The rescue services recommend that you download the 112 Suomi app to your phone. When you use this app to call the emergency number, the exact location of the scene of the accident is relayed to the Emergency Response Centre automatically, allowing help to get there faster.

Controlled burning to restore forest is also carried out while a forest fire warning is in operation, but always under the supervision of forestry professionals. Restoration fires are carefully prepared and reported to the emergency services. The areas to be burnt have been limited by wetting of the forest and fire lanes. Staff remain in the area to ensure that the fire is extinguished and the area is monitored for a sufficient period after burning.

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