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Please act carefully in times of dry weather, as forest fires can spark quickly under these conditions.

Long periods of heat and dry weather as well as strong winds increase the risk of fires in our forests. Here is how to prevent fire and how to act quickly in case of danger.

Text: Ostbelgien.eu  Photos: Ostbelgien.eu

Translation of an extract of a publication by the SPW : « Incendies en nature et en forêt : le SPW appelle à la vigilance » published on 9th of January, 2023


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Small events can potentially start fires, be it a badly stubbed-out cigarette thrown out of a car window, a spark in a meadow or garden, ... In combination with prolonged heat and dry weather or strong wind, they can become a real hazard.

Certain outdoor activities strongly increase the fire risk even if the risk is otherwise rather low. Such activities require preventive protection measures.

Even if the risk is low or moderate, be vigilant and follow the precautions and recommendations.

! Caution: setting foot into the High Fens when the red flag is hoisted, can lead to a fine of 250€ !


Prevent and act: some good reflexes to adopt

By respecting the following rules, you can help reducing the fire risk: 

  • Don’t light fires in the forest or nature reserves: A campfire one considers as extinguished might be lit again by the wind.

  • Barbecues are prohibited in the forest. It is best to barbecue at home, e.g. on a terrace far away from any vegetation that could catch fire.

  • Don’t throw cigarette stubs or matches into the nature. Please note that cigarette stubs that are thrown out of the window whilst driving can ignite fires on the roadside vegetation.

  • Do not park your vehicle in tall grass as long as the exhaust is still warm.

  • Don’t leave broken glass lying around (The reflection of sun rays might ignite a fire).

  • Do not carry out any work involving sparks near lawns and dry grass (shredders, power scythes, motor-driven chainsaws, welding equipment, etc.). We advise you to keep a fire extinguisher within reach.

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How to react in case of fire?

Have you noticed a forest or bush fire? Stay calm and proceed as follows :

  1. Call 112 (give your position as precisely as possible, make sure to mention recognisable points such as paths, watchtowers, car parks, etc.).

  2. Leave the site of the fire and follow the existing paths. Do not take any risks and follow the instructions of the fire brigade and forestry services.

  3. Inform anyone who may be in danger.


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