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You always need the landowner’s permission to make open fire.

Länsi-Uusimaa Rescue Department does not accept notifications concerning the making of open fire (with the exception of prescribed burning and other burning that produces significant smoke). Burning branches and twigs in a pile equivalent to the size of a passenger car will produce a significant amount of smoke.

General information about making open fire

Note! As of January 1, 2023, permission to light an open fire on Espoo city land must be sought from the city of Espoo, not from the rescue services.

Prescribed burning and other burning that produces significant smoke

The Rescue Department must be notified two (2) weeks in advance of the planned date and time of prescribed burning or other fire handling that produces significant smoke. The time must be confirmed to the rescue department 24 hours in advance by e-mail ( or telephone on 029 151 2112.

You must always have the landowner’s permission for burning. It is polite to inform neighbours about potential smoke nuisance well in advance before burning.

Notify the Rescue Department with the following form:

Notification of prescribed burning or fire handling that produces significant smoke

Fill out the notification "Print" a copy and click "Submit".

Map coordinates for the notification can be obtained, for example, using the 112 Suomi application: see the Emergency Response Centre Agency’s website.

Finnish Meteorological Institute’s warnings

Additional information

On-duty fire inspector
tel. 029 151 2512, weekdays 9:00–11:30

Situation centre tel. 029 151 2112

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