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Foresters sleep with their eyes open to protect the Curonian Spit from forest fires

2015-05-04

From 1 April, state forests in the Curonian Spit National Park (CSNP) have been managed, protected and maintained by the Kretinga Forest Enterprise which took over this function from the authority of the national park. The protection of these forests against forest fires is one of its primary concerns.

Although the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service forecasts that the dominant fire threat level across CSNP forests will be level one today and tomorrow and the risk of fire is zero, foresters will keep a close eye on the forests.

“The warmer the weather, the more concerned the foresters taking care of CSNP forests get. As soon as they took over these forests, they have been on constant alert and always carry fire extinguishers and water in their cars. Foresters even sleep with their eyes open”, says Environment Minister Kęstutis Trečiokas.

According to the Minister, continuous and efficient monitoring and watch are some of the key measures to prevent forest fires. Operators of the automated above-ground forest fire surveillance system constantly monitor the situation across CSNP forests. A special team on duty is ready to respond to their alerts immediately.

The Kretinga Forest Enterprise set up and trained two primary and one backup fire extinguishing teams. They have access to forest fire extinguishing machinery such as special-purpose vehicles, a tractor, two new floating motor pumps to pump water from the Curonian Lagoon and other equipment. In addition, fire prevention mineralised bands were also renewed in CSNP forests.

The Kretinga Forest Enterprise and officers of the Klaipėda County Fire and Rescue Board, municipalities and other authorities regularly jointly patrol CSNP forests to apprehend those who violate the Fire Prevention Forest Protection Regulations.

Public Information Division
4 May 2015

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas