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When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.

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Avoid hiking in most distant destinations and overnighting in wilderness huts

Updated 19.3. Reservable and rental huts at hiking destinations will be closed

Metsähallitus, ie .Parks and Wildlife Finland has already recommended to avoid outdoor activities in the most popular destinations due to infection risk and traffic overload. However, it is equally important to seriously consider hiking in remote destinations. For instance in Lapland wilderness huts are tens of kilometres away from roads. It may take hours, and in bad weather conditions even days to get help to wilderness huts and other remote destinations.

It is recommended to go outdoors during the corona virus epidemic. Metsähallitus understands that it may feel attractive to go away from crowds. However, Metsähallitus strongly recommends to avoid the remotest destinations. This decreases the need for demanding rescue operations, which again saves resources of other public rescue services. Hence, nature destinations close to home or otherwise within good connections are recommended.

Metsähallitus has not closed its wilderness huts. However, their use is not recommended, since diseases can spread there, and help is difficult to get. 

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