A police order adopted on Tuesday by the Governor of the Province of Luxembourg prohibits an entire series of human activities. These are likely to cause fires. Particularly targeted are evening camp fire gatherings, the use of thermal weeders, and even so-called celestial lanterns.
The extensive heat, coupled with the extreme drought which is currently pervading the province of Luxembourg, has led provincial authorities to make a police order so as to avert fire risks in woodland and other natural areas. The authority indicates this on its Internet site.
Until further notice, it is prohibited to “light evening camp fires, as well as camp cooking fires set up by youth movements. It is also prohibited to carry and light a fire outside of forest areas, apart from in barbecue areas laid out for this purpose in public and on private dwellings. Without exception or any form of departure from this rule, it is also prohibited to carry and light a fire in a forest area, use a thermal weeder or similar equipment, and to light and swing celestial lanterns.” Offenders risk a fine or imprisonment. The authorities are also inviting the population to be vigilant.
The province emphasises on its website, “A match, a cigarette, broken bottles or the exhaust of a parked vehicle on long grass can cause the destruction of several hundred hectares of natural spaces.” The province mentions here, in passing, that Belgium’s Forest Code prohibits smoking in the forest at risk of an on-the-spot fine. During the last two weeks, the emergency services have intervened 80 times for undergrowth, grass or forest fires.