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Current forest fire danger

Updated on: 28.10.2021, 05:42

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Danger level 1 (No or minor danger)
Danger level 2 (Moderate danger)
Danger level 3 (Considerable danger)
Danger level 4 (High danger)
Danger level 5 (Very high danger)
No danger level
Danger level 1 (No or minor danger)

Effects

  • Characteristics: Surface or crawling fires, crowns of trees are not affected, topsoil does not burn.
  • Fire-fighting: Forest fire is easy to extinguish.

Behaviour:

  • Do not carelessly discard cigarettes, tobacco products or lighters.

Description of measured and forecast values

  • Outbreak: Small fires cannot be entirely ruled out, but require a high energy input. Lightning hardly ever causes a fire.
  • Rate of spread: Generally slow.
Danger level 2 (Moderate danger)

Effects

  • Characteristics: Surface or crawling fires, crowns of trees are rarely affected, topsoil is burnt a little or not at all.
  • Fire-fighting: Forest fire is ordinarily easy to extinguish.

Behaviour

  • Do not carelessly discard cigarettes, tobacco products or lighters.
  • Always watch barbecue fires and immediately extinguish stray sparks.

Description of measured and forecast values

  • Outbreak: Local fires can start spontaneously. Lightning only rarely causes a conflagration.
  • Rate of spread: Slow to medium.
Danger level 3 (Considerable danger)

Effects

  • Characteristics: Topsoil is partly burnt, individual crown fires are possible.
  • Fire-fighting: Forest fire can be extinguished only by experts using modern equipment.

Behaviour

  • Light barbecue fires only in existing fire places.
  • Always watch the fire and immediately extinguish stray sparks.
  • Follow the instructions of the local authorities.

Description of measured and forecast values

  • Outbreak: Burning matches and flying sparks from barbecue fires can ignite a fire. Lightning can also trigger widespread fires.
  • Rate of spread: High in open terrain, medium in the forest.
Danger level 4 (High danger)

Effects

  • Characteristics: Intense surface fires can ignite the crowns of individual trees, spotting is possible, burning topsoil.
  • Fire-fighting: Forest fire is difficult to extinguish and commands extensive resources. 

Behaviour

  • As a general rule, do not make any fires outdoors.
  • Permanent fire places (concreted base) in locations designated by the authorities can be used with the utmost caution.
  • Do not make fires in strong winds.
  • Follow the instructions (observe the fire bans) of the local authorities.

Description of measured and forecast values

  • Outbreak: Burning matches, flying sparks from barbecue fires and lightning will very probably ignite a fire.
  • Rate of spread: High, including in forests.
Danger level 5 (Very high danger)

Effects

  • Characteristics: Very intense burning, extensive crown fires, long-distance spotting.
  • Fire-fighting: Forest fire is virtually impossible to extinguish. 

Behaviour

  • Do not make any fires outdoors.
  • Follow the instructions and observe the fire bans imposed by the local authorities.

Description of measured and forecast values

  • Outbreak: Fires can start at any time.
  • Rate of spread: Very high over a long period.
No danger level

No evaluation

Current forest fire danger in Switzerland

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  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 21.10.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Binn - Simplon north (VS), Fully - Chamoson (VS), Riddes - Saxon (VS), Sion - Sierre - Leuk (VS), Val d'Entremont (VS), Val de Bagnes (VS), Vernayaz - St-Maurice (VS), Visp - Brig - Aletsch (VS)
    Affected regions
    Binn - Simplon north (VS), Fully - Chamoson (VS), Riddes - Saxon (VS), Sion - Sierre - Leuk (VS), Val d'Entremont (VS), Val de Bagnes (VS), Vernayaz - St-Maurice (VS), Visp - Brig - Aletsch (VS)
    0:Forestfire:3:ForestFire:2402,2411,2412,2408,2414,2413,2416,2401:
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 26.10.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Alttoggenburg (SG), Gaster (SG), Lake Walsenstadt (SG), Obertoggenburg (SG), Rheintal (SG), Sargans (SG), St.Gallen (SG), Werdenberg (SG), Wil (SG)
    Affected regions
    Alttoggenburg (SG), Gaster (SG), Lake Walsenstadt (SG), Obertoggenburg (SG), Rheintal (SG), Sargans (SG), St.Gallen (SG), Werdenberg (SG), Wil (SG)
    1:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:1601,1602,1605,1604,1606,1607,1603,1608,1600:
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 21.10.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Anniviers (VS), Anzère - Montana - Leukerbad (VS), Chablais (VS), Goms (VS), Lötschental (VS), Martigny - Trient (VS), Simplon south (VS), Val d'Hérens - Val d'Hérémence (VS), Val d'Illiez (VS), Zermatt - Saastal (VS), Äusseres Nikolaital - Turmanntal (VS)
    Affected regions
    Anniviers (VS), Anzère - Montana - Leukerbad (VS), Chablais (VS), Goms (VS), Lötschental (VS), Martigny - Trient (VS), Simplon south (VS), Val d'Hérens - Val d'Hérémence (VS), Val d'Illiez (VS), Zermatt - Saastal (VS), Äusseres Nikolaital - Turmanntal (VS)
    2:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:2407,2409,2418,2400,2405,2415,2404,2410,2417,2406,2403:
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 18.10.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Bergün Filisur (GR), Domleschg (GR), Moesano (GR), Prättigau (GR), Rheintal (GR), Samnaun (GR), San Bernadino (GR), Schams - Albula (GR), Schanfigg (GR), Scuol-Valsot (GR), Surselva bassa (GR), Surses (GR), Val Müstair (GR), Val Poschiavo / Puschlav (GR), Zernez (GR)
    Affected regions
    Bergün Filisur (GR), Domleschg (GR), Moesano (GR), Prättigau (GR), Rheintal (GR), Samnaun (GR), San Bernadino (GR), Schams - Albula (GR), Schanfigg (GR), Scuol-Valsot (GR), Surselva bassa (GR), Surses (GR), Val Müstair (GR), Val Poschiavo / Puschlav (GR), Zernez (GR)
    3:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:1008,1004,1010,1001,1000,1019,1009,1005,1003,1013,1011,1007,1018,1017,1014:
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 15.10.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Central Ticino (TI), Northern Ticino (TI), Sottoceneri (TI)
    Affected regions
    Central Ticino (TI), Northern Ticino (TI), Sottoceneri (TI)
    4:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:2101,2100,2102: