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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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National Park Bringing New Feeling of Optimism to Hossa

by Fran Weaver, August 2017

Lenny Daly of the local firm Hossan Lumo feels that the new Hossa National Park provides ideal settings for the trendy outdoor activity of SUP-boarding. The Daly family's dog Vicky is also on board. Photo: Maija Daly, Hossan Lumo

The opening in June 2017 of Finland's 40th national park at Hossa, to mark the centenary of the Finland's independence, has been a great boost for local entrepreneurs offering services related to nature tourism and outdoor recreation. New jobs and income are very welcome in this part of Finland's north-eastern borderlands, between the towns of Kuusamo and Suomussalmi.

The clear waters and sandy shores of Hossa National Park are particularly popular among paddlers. Visitors can rent kayaks from local firms or join guided paddling tours to discover the park's highlights. Photo: Hannu Huttu / Metsähallitus

Local firms are already providing a wider range of services for increasing numbers of visitors with different interests. The small family firm Hossan Lumo, run by locally born Maija Daly and her Irish husband Lenny Daly, rents out equipment including fat tyre mountain bikes, kayaks and SUP-boards, while also offering cosy cabin accommodation and lovely lakeside locations for tents and caravans.

Lenny Daly feels that Hossa provides ideal settings for many popular outdoor pursuits. "Hossa's clear blue lakes are great for paddling, and Finland is now also catching on to the international boom in SUP-boarding," he says. "The trails along Hossa's sandy ridges are likewise ideal for mountain biking or hiking." 

Hossa Reindeer Park gives visitors to the nearby national park a chance to get up close to reindeer. Raili Karvonen brings tasty snacks out to some of the park's residents. Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Maija Daly believes that especially for foreign visitors, Hossa's new status as a national park makes it much more attractive than its previous designation as a hiking area. 

"There's a new feeling of optimism as interest in Hossa increases, and people are getting keen to branch out and start new businesses and activities."  

Joga instructor, wilderness guide Saija Taivalmäki is one of the new entrepeuneurs working in Hossa National Park. Photo: Raili Takolander

National parks, national hiking areas and other protected areas provide the visitors with unforgettable moments, best sceneries and hiking and skiing facilities. Read more about the self-guided tours.

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