Prague officials have banned setting fires, including smoking, pyrotechnics and open fires, in high-risk areas of the capital amid hot temperatures and elevated fire danger.
The ban applies to all forests in Prague, as well as parks, forests, meadows and gardens, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. You cannot start a fire within 50 meters of the forest’s edge or near any crops, either. It’s important to note that these restrictions also apply to popular barbeque spots in picnic areas.
During times of increased fire risk, it is prohibited to set or maintain an open fire, smoke (with the exclusion of electronic cigarettes), use any pyrotechnic items and use any other type of flying lanterns or torches. In addition, you cannot dump burning or smoldering objects on the ground or run a steam locomotive without proper safety precautions.
The alert comes amid rising temperatures across the city. In parts of the city, residents got one of their first tastes of summer: temperatures exceeded 30 degrees. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, temperatures will creep up again, rising above 30 degrees, according to iDnes.
The ban on setting fires in Prague has been put into place until further notice by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, even though a cold front should roll through on Sunday and bring some scattered showers and storms.
During this time, it is also prohibited to consume water from a firefighting source for anything other than fighting fires.