Sankthansbål may be in danger

Fire + dry grass = very dangerous. The fire department will be extra-vigulant about lighting fires with permission this year. This is from the moist celebration on Vaulen in 2003. (Photo: Sindre Ellingsen)

Fire + dry grass = very dangerous. The fire department will be extra-vigulant about lighting fires with permission this year. This is from the moist celebration on Vaulen in 2003. (Photo: Sindre Ellingsen)

Do you plan to burn fires on Midsummer, you have to hurry to apply for permission. The deadline runs out tomorrow (Tuesday ed.).

Between 15 April and 15 September it is always forbidden to make fires in the forest. You will need to apply for an exemption to light Sankthansbål (Midsummer Bonfire). All operators must apply every year – even though they have held similar events for years. If you light up without permission, you can get fined.

Strict year

The deadline for applications is 22 June, that is Tuesday. If the application is granted, the fire department to get the inspection.

“Would have to be extra strict this year. Because of the small amount precipitation, it is extremely dry, and it will not take much before it can go wrong. It may well be that we must say no,” says Aage Ramsfjell, brigade commander of the fire department in Southern Rogaland.

Considering a total ban

He also tells us that not only are grass, forest and bush fires that are dangerous to the future.

The problem is that it is dry, deep into the ground, and thus the mold can also catch fire, “said Rams Mountains.

Can it be appropriate to impose a total ban on lighting fires at midsummer?

Currently, it is not, but we consider the situation closely, “said brigade commander.

Here are the City of Stavanger rules for sankthansbål

There should always apply for permission in advance and by 22 June.

Takes place the event on the civic reason, must apply for permission from the Park and Road Manager.

If granted permission to fire department be notified about lighting fires.

It is only allowed to make bonfires of pure materials, that only unpainted and untreated wood.

Use of disposable barbecues at the Midsummer Event is prohibited.

Meeting or the applicant is responsible for the cleanup of garbage. If areas are not satisfactorily cleaned, the Park and Road Manager clean up at the organizers’ expense.

Source: Aftenbladet

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