Extra high risk of wildfires in Gelderland


GELDERLAND – The risk of wildfires in Gelderland is greater than normal. The safety region has therefore declared phase 2 of the so-called ‘wildfire risk’. And that is also the highest level.

Nature managers and the fire brigade are always alert to fire danger, but that does not mean that extra measures always have to be taken. If this is not necessary, we are in phase 1. Now that the safety regions in Gelderland and Overijssel have scaled up to phase 2, this means extra alertness.

What does this mean to you?

  • You are most likely no longer allowed to burn, even if you have an exemption from the ban on burning.
  • Please check the conditions of the exemption or contact the issuing authority (municipality or province).
  • In some parts of the country, site or nature owners do not allow you to burn open fires in or near nature.
  • This may also apply to the use of fire pits, torches, wish balloons and fireworks or cooking with an open fire on solid fuels, such as wood or charcoal/briquettes. Follow their instructions/commandments!
  • Be alert to suspicious situations and report them to the site owner or an emergency service. Help by taking photos/film and remember the location, personal characteristics and, for example, a license plate number if you do not trust a situation.
  • Please note that you do not have good coverage with your mobile phone everywhere in nature.
  • Always keep fire extinguishers at hand at your place of residence, such as a fire blanket, garden hose, fire extinguisher or at least a bucket of water.
  • Do not accidentally cause a wildfire: therefore always throw cigarettes and glass in a trash can or take them with you. Also remember coals from the barbecue or accumulated garden waste (heating), and do not park your car (with a hot catalytic converter) in tall, dry grass.

What can you do if there is a wildfire?

  • Don’t wait for help. Flee away from the fire as quickly and far as possible, if possible to public roads.
  • Do not walk in front of the fire or in the direction in which the fire is spreading, but at right angles to the fire. This reduces the chance that the fire will overtake you.
  • Help other people and children get to a safe place.
  • Call 112 to report the location of the fire as precisely as possible.

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The article is in Dutch


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