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Acts, obligations and instructions
Rescue Act 379/2011, sections 6, 7 and 8 (In Finnish)
Campfires or other open fires may not be lit when the Finnish Meteorological Institute has issued a forest fire or grass fire warning or if, because of drought, wind or other reasons, the conditions are such that there is a manifest risk of a forest fire, grass fire or other fire. Before lighting the fire, check the current fire and wind warnings given by the Finnish Meteorological Institute from, e.g., their website at https://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/warnings.
Provided that special care is exercised, professional prescribed burning of forest land in accordance with a separate prescribed burning plan is possible under the supervision of a forestry professional who is familiar with the practices of prescribed burning (Rescue Act 379/2011, section 7) (In Finnish). The prescribed burning plan is uploaded as an attachment in the beginning of the form.
Regional rescue authorities may, on reasonable grounds, prohibit the making of open fires in their rescue service regions or parts of them for a specific period of time. A decision shall be made on the matter, and information on the decision shall be communicated to the extent necessary.
The landowner's permission is always needed to light an open fire.
A notification must always be made to the regional rescue authority of prescribed burning and any use of fire that generates a substantial amount of smoke. Other open fires need not be notified.
A fine may be imposed for a rescue violation for anyone who
- deliberately or carelessly lights an open fire or other open fires may not be lit when a forest fire or grass fire warning has been issued or if, because of drought, wind or other reasons, the conditions are such that there is a manifest risk of a forest fire, grass fire or other fire
- carries out the prescribed burning of forest land without the supervision of a forestry professional
- neglects the duty to notify the rescue department of prescribed burning or other use of fire that generates a substantial amount of smoke
Waste management regulations and building ordinances
- Check whether the burning of garden waste is allowed in the area of your home municipality. Check the potential restrictions for the burning of garden waste from the waste management regulations of your area and the building ordinance of your home municipality/city.
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