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Take note that the burning ban is still imposed – updated to 75 municipalities

With July turning into as dry a month as May and June, the drought situation has led 75 municipalities to issue a general burning ban to prevent serious wildfire situations.Violations of the ban will be fined.

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By Bente D. Knudsen

The unusually warm spring and continuing warm and sunny July with a general lack of rain is the cause of the most serious drought in 10 years.

This is a big problem for plants and farmers all over the country.

According to DMI, the drought index – tørkeindexet – is again as of 3 July at its highest level of 9 to 10 in most parts of Denmark.

Apart from the serious problems for farmers, there is also a huge risk of wildfire as the Danish Emergency Management Board , Beredskabsstyrelsen, warns.

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DMI’s climate specialist Mikael Scharling says that, “We are now at the maximum level of 10 in many locations around the country. 10 means that there is no water left in the earth water depots from where the crops and plants draw humidity.”

The weather prognosis for the coming weeks does not leave much hope of an improvement, as according to DMI, the amount of rain in the forecast is not enough to alleviate the problem.

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Due to the drought situation a range of burning bans have been issued by the Danish municipalities.

It is the Danish Emergency Management Board, Beredskabsstyrelsen, who monitor the situation and advise the individual municipalities and fire departments about the situation in their areas.

The burning ban, in Danish afbrændningsforbud, means that you are not allowed to make open fires in the nature, including the prohibition of doing so even at the camping facilities or shelters you may be visiting.

If your municipality has imposed a general burning ban it means that you are not allowed to make an open fire, to burn your garden debris and may also mean that you cannot use a weed burner or smoke cigarettes in the nature.

It may also mean that you can only use a grill or barbecue equipment in your garden if you can place it on stone or tiles (non-burnable material).

For instance, in the whole of Copenhagen, this includes the municipalities of Albertslund, Brøndby, Hvidovre, Glostrup, Rødovre, København, Dragør and Frederiksberg. the fire department has issued the following ban:

The ban is issued on the 15 June 2018 and is valid until further notice. The ban means that in the affected municipalities open fires are not allowed, weed burners are not allowed nor the use of a barbecue in the nature – included in the ban is the use of grill’s that are used at camping sites in the nature – on the beaches etc. The ban does not include barbecue equipment in private gardens as long as it is placed on tiles or stone (non-burnable material).”

You can check if your municipality has a burning ban on the municipal website or following this link.

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General advice in drought situations:

    • Do not throw matches, cigarettes etc. in nature (or out of your car window!)
    • Do not park your car in high grass as the motor may ignite the grass
    • If you are using barbecue equipment in your garden make sure to have water close by (in a bucket or your garden hose)
    • Take note that sparks spread easily when you pour your coal from the grill starter onto the barbecue
    • Do not leave your barbecue until it is completely extinguished
    • Place your barbecue equipment on non-burnable material
    • Keep an eye on the wind as sparks fly easily