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Growing risk of forest fires in the Lower Valais

Local News // Sept. 1, 2016
Growing risk of forest fires in the Lower Valais

Lighting open fires in Valais could soon be prohibited due to a growing risk of forest fires in the region.

The danger is particularly high in the Rhone Valley of the Lower Valais and the German speaking part of the canton due to high temperatures and littler rain.

Photo by ST/swiss-image.ch

The canton of Valais say forest paths, hedges and dry grass can ignite very quickly in hot weather, and are urging caution. In these areas, it is already forbidden to light open fires.

With the weather unlikely to change in the coming days, the canton could bring in a general prohibition to lighting open fires.

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