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Swissfire: Forest fire database of Switzerland
Forest fire statistics are an important tool to forestry
and fire services for
planning fire fighting facilities and for optimising fire fighting
In the present-day scenario of a changing climate it has become even more important to collect information on forest fires, even in those regions where fires rarely occur. This is the only approach which will provide the necessary data to analyse future changes of the fire regime in a consistent way.
In 2005 WSL started to create a forest fire database, in collaboration with some cantons (VS, UR, TI, GR). Based on the requirements of the FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment), this database has now been extended to a national level.