Red alert for Dutch forest fire risk zones

9th July 2010, Comments 0 comments


The Dutch firebrigades have banned open fires and closed a number of nature reserves because of an extremely high forest fire risk. The dry spell has led to a red alert for the province of Utrecht, the Gooi region around Hilversum and the northeast of Noord-Brabant province.

An orange alert has been issued for Overijssel and Gelderland provinces, and the north of Limburg. Open fires are not allowed, but nature reserves are still accessible.

Regional firebrigades are on standby in case of alarm.

The fire risk monitoring system relies on an automatic monitoring system in combination with around-the-clock airborne monitoring by firemen and nature wardens. Measurements and data from the observations are combined to indicate the fire risk. An online map, which is updated every five minutes, provides a summary of the fire alert colour codes.

If a fire is spotted by members of the public, they are advised to dial the national alarm number 112, report the fire and leave the area, following the direction of the wind. Objects which could delay the flight should be left behind. The dry spell is expected to continue at least until Sunday evening.

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