Information on Forest Fire Safety due to Valdgale fire

Due to the prolonged large-scale wildfire in Talsi municipality, Valdgale parish that started on July 17, State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia advises citizens and tourists: If there is a smell of smoke at home – close the windows and doors. In case there are serious health concerns call the Emergency Medical Service – 113 or 66016001 (medical advice). In case of evacuation of a given territory the municipality, emergency services or other responsible institutions will disseminate information for citizens about the need for evacuation, how to keep themselves safe from danger, how to prepare and what to take with them in case of evacuation. If the sirens are sounded information will be given on radio and TV. Information can be passed through the speakers of emergency service vehicles. People are advised not to go near the location of fire or to go camping, bird watching or picking mushrooms and berries in the nearest forests where smoke could be present. A forest fire warning is in force in all regions of Latvia, which means that it is forbidden to start an open fire in or near a forest.