Starting at 11:00 a.m. today, the Prague municipality has banned the distribution of fires and smoking in forests, parks and other places where there is a risk of fire in the territory of the capital, announced Vít Hofman, the spokesperson of the Prague municipality. The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) warned against fires. The municipality also announced a ban on paying for fires last week.
A place with an increased risk is the forest and its surroundings within a distance of 50 meters from the edge, forest parks, parks, gardens and other growths that allow fire to occur. People are also not allowed to light fires near and around hay and straw storages or on agricultural areas where plants are at risk of catching fire.
In addition to smoking while listening to e-cigarettes and making fires, people will also not be allowed to use pyrotechnics, 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.
The danger of fires starting and spreading has returned to part of the Czech Republic after Friday’s rains, due to drought and gradual warming after a short-term cooling. A warning against the risk of fires is currently valid until further notice in a large part of the northwestern half of Bohemia and in southern and central Moravia.