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Ban on lighting fires rural areas

Between 15 March and 15 October, no fires may be lit in rural areas without official authorisation

11/10/2018 13:10
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The ban on lighting fires in rural areas without authorisation ends on 15 October. This ban is covered in Decree 64/1995 and is intended to prevent wildfires.

The law states that in forest areas, whether or not they are populated with trees, and in an area of 500 metres surrounding them, no fires may be lit for any purpose whatsoever:

  • You may not burn pruning waste or clippings from forestry, agricultural or gardening operations in or close to wooded areas without the express written permission of the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • You may not organise any kind of recreational fire or those related to beekeeping.
  • Within recreational areas and campsites and on certain plots on residential estates, fires may be lit, provided they are within properly constructed barbecues equipped with a spark arrester.

It is also prohibited to throw away any kind of lit object; to dump plant or industrial waste of any kind that could cause an outbreak of fire; to set off rockets, fireworks or other similar artefacts that contain fire, or to use blowers or similar appliances for work on tracks that cross wooded land.

Within recreational areas and campsites and on certain plots on residential estates, fires may be lit, provided they are within properly constructed barbecues equipped with a spark arrester

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