Fire Prevention

Forest fires are a major threat to Slovakian forests and are no fun to deal with. Over 40% of them are caused by people and all the damage is accounted to person responsible. Campfire restrictions and bans occur when conditions are extremely dry and fire risk is very serious. Wind and dry grass are particularly dangerous combination.

For a save campfire, keep this rules in mind:

  • Campfires are not to be set outside of preset campfire area
  • Campfires require a fireguard, this means scraping down the grass to the mineral soil, putting stones around the pit and removing the vegetation and flammable items, such as twigs, leaves, needles etc…
  • Campers must have water and/or a shovel to properly extinguish the fire.
  • Campfires are never to be left unattended.
  • When leaving the campfire, it must be properly extinguished so ashes are cool to touch.
  • Be responsible and safe.
  • Check with regional fire regulations and weather conditions before building a campfire.
  • Be confident and ensure that your campfire could not start a wildfire in the surrounding forests.
  • Fires should be built away from flammable items, such as tents, overhanging trees, camp chairs and awnings etc…
  • It is prohibited to use flammable fluids to start a fire.
  • Respect and conserve living trees and species. Use downed and dead wood as fuel for your fire. Remember: you require a permit to cut live vegetation for fire wood.
  • Do not transport firewood. Pests, such as insects and invasive disease can destroy our forests.
  • Keep the fire small and controlled. Larger fires can grow out of control quickly and are harder to extinguish.
  • Limit burning hours. This helps to conserve firewood, improve air quality and reduce risk of forest fires.
  • Do not burn garbage or trash. This can create unpleasant smells, add to air pollution and leave a mess behind.
  • Be certain that the campfire is extinguished before leaving it. Pour water and stir the fire. When done, sift your fingers through ashes to make sure it is out.
  • When a fire is completely extinguished there is no heat, smoke or steam.
  • To report a forest or unattended fire call
  • When you depart from a campground, leave remaining firewood behind. Transport of wood to a different habitat can spread invasive disease and insects to the forest and natural habitat.