The number of forest fires is expected to increase due to climate change – Brno Daily

Forest fires could become a significant problem in the Czech landscape. According to Petr Čermák from the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology at Mendel University in Brno, forest owners should take precautions to deal with the growing risk and implement preventive measures. He suggests, for example, fireproof belts, called firestops, in places where the risk of fire is highest. The public should also avoid dangerous activities that can cause fires. Photo credit: Mendel University

Czech Republic, May 17 (BD) – Experts have been dealing with forest fires for a long time. For example, the FireRisk site has been running for two years and reports the degree of fire risk monitored eight days in advance, broken down by individual cadastres. The spring months of this year are still very dry, which adds to the risk.

Čermák predicts that at least some forest owners will have to take detailed action in the coming years. The most critical locations are very dry habitats with a large number of nearby camps and cabins. “It will be necessary to implement certain measures that are not used in our country and are known to countries where wildfires are a big problem. In our conditions, it will be more belts with adjustment of character and density of vegetation than belts with exposed soil,” Čermák said.

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He also said larger fires have not been common in the country for a long time. If they burst, they were soon extinguished. Nonetheless, there have been several larger or larger forest fires, the largest of the past decade being the so-called Moravian Sahara fire in May 2012, when almost 165 hectares of forest burned in a matter of days.

Tougher and more intensive measures were put in place in the Czech Republic in the past, around railways when steam propulsion was still dominant. “Intensive preventive measures have been abandoned since its end. But the situation is changing. The climate of the past three decades is significantly more favorable to fires than the previous decade and this trend will continue,” Čermák said. He added that, if we are careful, we can significantly reduce the number of fires.

Common negligence that causes fires includes starting a fire or disposing of hot ashes in an inappropriate place, smoking, burning grass or trash, and unintentionally igniting any hot object. “Negligence and recklessness cause about 60% of long-term forest fires. Fortunately, a typical forest fire is a small area fire that is quickly extinguished, but that cannot be relied upon,” Čermák added.

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