Authorities warn of high brushfire risk due to drought


Due to prolonged drought, the Czech Republic faces an increased risk of brush fires, especially in Central Bohemia and in the northern Bohemian regions of Ústí nad Labem and Česká Lípa.

The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) issued a warning on Monday banning people to refrain from making campfires in central Bohemia, noting that more fires ignite from negligence than from natural causes such as lightning strikes. Prague City Hall later also issued a ban on making fires until the heightened danger passes.

April and May were the hottest in the past 58 years while June was the fifth warmest in nearly six decades. The average temperature for July is also expected to be above average. Over the weekend, fires broke out on forested land in Kokořín, a protected wildlife zone in central Bohemia, and in a remote area a few kilometres away.