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General recommendations during a forest fire

While a forest fire is burning, avoid any kind of panic, act calmly and exercise good judgment. Follow the sequence: raise alarm – rescue – extinguish. Fires outdoors develop and behave differently from fires in enclosed spaces. So do not try to be a hero; follow the instructions of the local fire service and forestry workers.

The local fire service or forestry agency is responsible for combating forest fires. They generally have fire-fighting plans and regional bases with forest fire-fighting equipment.

Raise alarm

  • Report forest fires immediately by calling 118 (fire service).
  • Warn people who could be endangered by the fire.

Rescue

  • Rescue people and animals.
  • Use blankets or coats to wrap around people whose clothes are burning (roll them on the ground and cool with water).
  • Vacate the scene of the fire.

Extinguish

  • Do not take any risks. Follow the instructions of the local fire service and forestry service.

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