Ban on vehicle access to public forests extended until 8 August

Ban on vehicle access to public forests extended until 8 August
This Saturday all accesses to publicly owned mountains will be closed.

The regional government of Murcia has announced this Friday the extension of the restrictions on vehicle access to public forests until next Monday, August 8.

A measure that is maintained as a result of the extremely hot weather conditions that have been recorded, which has caused the forest fuel has suffered a severe drop in humidity which poses a threat to the start of an outbreak that could lead to an uncontrolled forest fire.

Added to this are the high temperatures during daylight hours and the lack of a drop at night, with no recovery of humidity in the fuel.

In view of this, it is necessary to extend the measures and recommendations that have helped to reduce the risk of fire in the regional forest area, maintaining measures to avoid the transit of machinery and vehicles, as well as activities that put the natural environment at risk.

The Community recalls that during the months of July and August the use of fire or agricultural activities is prohibited, so environmental agents reinforce their inspection and surveillance work to ensure that this prohibition is complied with.

The measures include the restriction of access to motorised vehicles in the natural areas of the Region of Murcia with the main forest masses, with the aim of reducing traffic and activities.

To this end, from Saturday 30 July, environmental agents will begin closing all accesses to publicly owned forests until 7.00 am on Monday 8 August, so that the main accesses to the Regional Parks of Sierra Espuña; El Valle and Carrascoy; Sierra de la Pila and Sierra del Carche will remain closed, as well as the public forests of the region of Noroeste, Lorca and Altiplano, among others.

Likewise, the Directorate General for the Natural Environment is reducing the opening hours of the authorisations issued for the use of machinery or other heat sources during the days of these restrictions, which will affect some thirty authorised actions in the forest environments.

In addition to this, environmental agents will control the access of vehicles and people during the period indicated, recommending that users of the mountains make a restricted and respectful use due to the special weather conditions, without distinguishing between private or public.

Likewise, the drinking troughs located in the public forests for wildlife and game will be supplied by the forestry brigades of the region in order to reduce the stress of the fauna on these days.

In addition, the environmental agents will be particularly vigilant in respecting the rules of not using fire within 400 metres of forest areas on agricultural land, as well as carrying out dissuasive surveillance in the mountains together with the rapid intervention forest brigades (BIR).

Finally, the device provided by the Regional Ministry of the Environment to the Infomur Plan will remain on alert, and hunting activities in general will be suspended by the Hunting Federation to be passed on to its members.

 

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