Grass fire season begins in Latvia

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On Tuesday, February 14, fire crews were called to extinguish the first grass fire of the year, which took place in Salaspils municipality, the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) said.

Grass was burning in an area of 150 square meters.

Last year, the first grass fire was registered a day earlier – on February 13 in Liepāja. In 2022, firefighters extinguished 1,454 grass fires, which compared with 2021, were about 25% more.

VUGD recalls, as every year, that the burning of grass is prohibited and subject to penalties. 

Despite the warnings, penalties, countless cases of damage to property and human health and life, and harm to the environment, burning the previous year's grass in Latvia is still seen as almost a national sport or tradition among certain parts of society. 

VUGD reminds the public to call 112 immediately if a grass fire or any other dangerous fire is spotted.

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