Warning issued for wildfire risk
(CS) While the rain in Luxembourg on Sunday evening brought some relief from last week's heatwave, the brief showers quickly evaporated and the risk of wildfires remains, especially in forests.
Days of high temperatures, with not a cloud in the sky and not a single drop of rain left not only people but also nature suffering. Lawns have turned from green to brown and trees have started dropping scorched leaves.
The ground, too, was left bone dry and the brief rain showers on Sunday will have done little to remedy the situation. Several days of persistent rain are needed for the soil to recover.
The nature and forests administration is therefore warning against discarding flammable objects, such as cigarette butts, as they can cause fires. Campfires or barbecues should only be held where it is allowed to do so and even then only under the utmost vigilance.
Glass should also not be dumped, as it can reflect the sunlight to spark a flame.
Cars should not be stationed in grassy areas, but only on non-flammable material, such as concrete or stone. Roads in forests should always be kept clear for emergency services access. Hikers should keep an eye on their whereabouts and nearby paths in order to be able to exit the forest quickly in case of a fire.
Flames or smoke spotted should be reported to 112 immediately. Callers should give precise explanations as to the location of the potential fire. Remain on site at a safe distance until fire fighters have arrived on scene.
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