State Forests: high risk of forest fires in western parts of Poland

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The State Forests organization units estimate daily fire danger rating levels of forests in 42 forecasted zones that does not include highlands (video from April 26)TVN24 News in English
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The highest fire alert has been issued for the forests in the western regions of Poland. State forestry authority cautions to be very extra careful and vigilant, as well as to report any signs of fire or irresponsible behaviour - the spokesman for the State Forests Krzysztof Trębski said on Wednesday.

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The area that is under the high risk of fire comprises mostly western parts of the country: Lubusz voivodeship, south parts of West Pomeranian voivodeship, northern parts of Lower Silesian voivodeship, as well as environs of Hajnówka and Białowieża Forest in the east of Poland.

"In the regions where there's the highest fire hazard, we should be extra careful and vigilant, as well as to pay special attention to any signs of fire or any irresponsible behaviour of others that may cause fire," Trębski said.

He explained that high fire alerts is not synonymous with forest entry bans which are being issued by the chief forester.

Periodic ban on entering forest is implemented by forest district manager when the fire danger rating level is high, if in 5 days in a row the litter humidity measured at 9 a.m. is lower than 10 percent.

The State Forests organization units estimate daily fire danger rating levels of forests in 42 forecasted zones that does not include highlands.

Autor: gf / Źródło: TVN24 News in English, PAP, State Forests