Despite the relatively cold temperatures in Finland, the start of reconnaissance flights for forest fires is a sure sign that summer is just around the corner.
The first such flights will start departing at any time in the regions of Pirkanmaa, Satakunta and Southwest Finland, says in a press release. Mika Kurvinensenior officer at the Civil Protection and Emergency Response Agency.
Reconnaissance flights are often conducted by members of local aviation clubs and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (Ilm) forest and forest fire. risk analyzes reaches or exceeds 4.1 or 4.3 depending on the range, he explained.
"These levels will be reached today or tomorrow," Kurvinen said on Friday.
Observations of forest fires are not yet expected in other areas, as many are still covered in the remaining snow this year.
In preparation for the upcoming forest and shrub fire season, the employees of the rescue department will also start conducting coordination exercises for personnel and aircraft, Kurvinen said.
Regular training exercises ensure that co-operation in the fight against forest fires is both safe and effective.
"When airplanes are in the air and rescue services are on the ground, it is important that we communicate properly," he explained and pointed out that such actions can be particularly difficult in remote areas.
Source: The Nordic Page