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Very high risk of forest fire: smoking and barbecue ban in Berlin forests


In Berlin, the risk of forest fires is very high due to the ongoing drought.

The Senate Department for the Environment urged people on Thursday (June 16, 2022) to strictly observe the ban on smoking and barbecuing in and near forests. "Dry leaves, needles and branches and twigs catch fire easily." Those who violate the smoking and fire ban face fines of at least 100 euros and up to 50,000 euros, according to the statement.

Continuous drought since March

As a result of the drought that has lasted since March, the forest floor is very flammable. Even a cigarette butt thrown out of a car or hot exhaust parts can be dangerous and start fires. The weather forecasts let expect a further increase of the danger, it was further said. In the coming days, it should be summery warm to hot in Berlin, on Saturday up to 34 degrees.

Author: dpa/
Publication date: 17 June 2022
Last updated: 17 June 2022

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