Fire risk is at its highest in most of the country, according to a Forest Research Institute map released Wednesday afternoon. Due to the high risk of a fire, the Government Security Center sent an SMS alert to the inhabitants of three counties.
The highest level of fire risk occurs in the entire area of the provinces: Lubuskie, Lower Silesia, Opole, Greater Poland, Łódź, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship and partly in the province. Subcarpathian, Mazowieckie, Warmia-Masuria Province, Pomeranian and West Pomeranian Voivodeship. In other places, with the exception of parts of Pomerania, Warmia and Mazurkaand Podlasie, the risk is defined as medium.
The fire hazard forecast is made in 60 forecast zones on the basis of measurements of pine litter humidity, relative air humidity and precipitation, and determines the possibility of a fire occurring on the day of its execution. Meteorological measurements are carried out twice a day in several locations in each zone. The forecast is made by the State Forests during the fire risk period – from March 1 to September 30.
On Wednesday, the Government Center for Security sent an alert in connection with a high fire hazard in forests to residents in the following poviats: Świebodzin and Wschowa (province lubuskie) and Wolsztyn (Greater Poland Voivodeship).
An appeal was made not to use open fire in the forest and its vicinity.
RCB alert. What is this
RCB alert is an SMS hazard warning system. There is no need to sign up for the RCB alert. People who find themselves in the area of a potential life-threatening crisis will receive a short text message (SMS) on their mobile phone with information about the type of threat, location and source of the alert. It does not matter with which operator we have concluded the contract.
The amendment to the Telecommunications Law and some other acts of June 11, 2018 obliges all operators to immediately send a message to all users in the area specified by the Director of RCB. Messages are issued only in exceptional situations that may actually threaten human life and health.
The worst drought in the west
The Institute of Meteorology and Water Management informed that the lowest soil moisture index is in the west of Poland. In a layer of up to 100 centimeters, in many places it is less than 40 percent.
It added that “after the recent rainfall, high soil moisture index remains in the north-east of the country.”
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