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Swissfire: Forest fire database of Switzerland

 

Swissfire is the new forest fire database of Switzerland, which has been developed in a joint effort by WSL and FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment). Now all information on forest fires is being collected in one central data base, which is an optimal tool for forest fire management.

 

Forest fire statistics are an important tool to forestry and fire services for planning fire fighting facilities and for optimising fire fighting strategies.

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). In response to inquiries from the FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment), this database has now been extended to a national level.