top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

Wildfire risk: Several forests in southeast France closed to public

The ban on entering the areas in the Var is set to last until at least tomorrow (June 9) as drought conditions and strong wind increase fire risk

A forest fire in some countryside

Drought conditions plus high winds have caused the forest fire risk to increase to dangerous levels in the Var department Pic: Bumble Dee / Shutterstock

Most forests across the Var in southeast France are closed today (Wednesday, June 8) due to a heightened risk of forest fires.

The drought risk and strong winds forecast in the department mean the risk of wildfires is considered too high to allow public access to the spaces.

The closure began at 12:00 today. It is set to last until Thursday, June 9, or until further notice if the risk remains high. The departmental prefecture is calling on the public to remain alert and prevent further risk.

The closure includes a ban on:

  • Visiting
  • Driving or parking
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking

There have already been a number of fires in the region over the past few days.

The Var department is in the ‘red period’, which refers to the months during which the risk of fire is the highest. The period usually lasts from June 1 to September 30.

There is also a high risk when wind speeds reach more than 40km/h. This is considered strong enough to bring down large branches and electricity wires.

The following activities are banned for the duration of the red period:

  • Burning waste
  • Lighting a fire or bringing flame-creating equipment into the area
  • Using fireworks
  • Operating construction work or similar without emergency fire extinguishers or similar on hand

Last summer, the Var was hit by intense forest fires, including one that killed two people and destroyed more than 7,000 hectares of vegetation.

Related articles

Investigation into cause of Var wildfire begins as blaze slows 

New wildfires hit south of France, one death reported in Var blaze

Almost 900 hectares destroyed in huge wildfire in south France

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now