Did you know that forest fires caused by human activity have been dropping by 15 fires per year since 1984? The SOPFEU is making every effort to sustain this improvement by continuing to raise awareness. Read our tips for forest users.
Campfires are the cause of numerous forest fires every year. Follow these steps to fully and safely enjoy your fire.
The SOPFEU fire danger rating is a good guideline to follow! The appropriate behaviour to adopt for each level of fire danger is laid out below.
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Any fire burning freely or that can freely spread. Examples of open-air fires are fireworks and flame and spark producing tools (such as welding tools).
Fires burning in facilities intended for this purpose and equipped with spark arrestor screens, such as stoves, fireplaces, and metal containers, are not considered to be open-air fires. In order to comply with prevailing standards, spark arrestor openings must be no wider than 1 centimetre.
It is difficult to establish a specific distance because the risk of fire spreading is related to a number of factors, including weather conditions, the time of day, and the type of fuel.
In addition, these factors are in turn influenced by the seasons. In spring, for example, extra vigilance is needed. Surface fuel, composed of dry grasses, twigs, and moss, is easily ignited and it can make the fire spread to the surrounding forest areas.