The Swiss Times - Swiss News in English

Wallis Lifts General Fire Ban Outdoors

In the canton of Valais, the general ban on open fires in the outdoors was lifted on Tuesday. However, in some regions there was still a considerable or high risk of forest fires. The precipitation and the relatively cool temperatures in the last ten days have contributed to a certain relaxation of the forest fire danger, according to the Department of the Valais Security Director Frédéric Favre. These two factors allowed the danger level for the majority of the regions in Valais to be lowered to level 3 ("considerable danger"). The situation has therefore eased somewhat, especially in the central and upper Valais, with the exception of the Naters region. In the regions that still suffer from a deficit of precipitation, the danger level remained at level 4 ("high danger"). In these regions, open fires were still prohibited, with the exception of fixed fireplaces on concrete floors at the locations expressly designated by the authorities and "with the greatest caution". Regions with a high risk of forest fires included in particular the Rhone valley between Martigny and Brig, the Matter valley and the Entremont. In the rest of Switzerland, only certain regions of the canton of Graubünden still had a considerable risk of forest fires. In the rest of Switzerland, the danger was now moderate to low, as can be seen from the Federal Natural Hazards Portal.nnnnnn

©Keystone/SDA

Most Read

Sunday, February 11 – Round Up

11 February 2024
ZHdK's turmoil, dormant pension assets, and innovative solutions to the housing crisis. Stay informed with Sunday's top stories.

ETH President Highlights Financial Strain Despite Federal Savings Plan

11 February 2024
ETH President Mesot contradicts the Federal Council's plan to cut CHF 50 million from ETH Zurich, emphasizing the importance of reserves.

Swiss Production Sees Q4 Downturn Despite Sales Uptick

16 February 2024
Swiss production
Swiss production falls in Q4, challenging industry but with a rise in sales, showcasing sector resilience amidst economic complexities.

Temenos: Accounting Irregularities & Failed Products

16 February 2024
Temenos' journey through innovation, financial challenges, and accusations.

Stay in Touch!

Noteworthy

Zurich Commercial Court Summarizes Investor Lawsuits Regarding UBS/CS Merger
18 February 2024
Swiss security
Swiss Security Chief: “We Have to be Prepared for War”
18 February 2024