Burn ban takes effect as high fire-risk season starts

Open fires including BBQs prohibited in and around forest zones

The burn ban is aimed at preventing wildfires during the hight-risk season

By Oliver McIntyre

The annual summer burn ban, which prohibits all open fires including barbecues in and around forested areas, took effect yesterday throughout Málaga province and the rest of Andalucía.

The ban, established by the Junta de Andalucía, runs each year from June 1 to October 15 and also includes agricultural burning, as well as prohibits the use of motor vehicles in forest zones.

With the onset of the high-risk fire season, some towns have also issued their own warnings, including Marbella, where the local fire department this week urged extra precaution and emphasised that fires are prohibited at all of the town’s parks except for Vigil de Quiñones, which is in an urban setting allowing quick response in the event of an emergency.

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