Ban on Campfires, Smoking Taking Effect Tuesday in Prague

In Prague, there will be a ban on lighting fires or smoking in forests and parks and other places where there is an increased risk of fires from noon on Tuesday the 19th until Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Prague municipality spokesman Vít Hofman announced this to ČTK today.

The announcement came after the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) as warned against fires.

The ban will apply to forests within 50 meters of their edge, parks and forest parks, places with stored hay or straw also within a radius of 50 meters, or fields where there is a risk of a flare-up of cultivated crops.

In addition to smoking, with the exception of e-cigarettes, people will also not be allowed to use pyrotechnic products, launch flying lanterns and throw burning or smoldering objects.

The driving of steam locomotives and the use of water from fire tanks for purposes other than extinguishing will also be prohibited.

Due to the dry and warm weather, according to the ČHMÚ warning, the ban on making fires will apply in areas where it is not expected to rain heavily in the coming days. This applies to the entire country, with the exception of Vysočina and the South Bohemian Region.

Undoubtedly influenced by the wildfires currently ravaging much of south-western Europe, steps like this are important for preventing further damage from the heat wave currently hitting the continent.

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