All uncontrolled fires in the forest are designated as forest fires. Forest fires disturb the ecosystem and can impair the functions of the forest (e.g. protective function). They are caused by human activities. The federal authorities develop plans and strategies in the area of forest fires and also provide information and warnings.
Responsibilities of the federal authorities in the area of forest fires - The federal authorities are active in a large number of areas with a view to ensuring that the challenges posed by forest fires can be overcome in future. They develop plans and strategies, and provide information and warnings.
Causes of forest fires and behavioural rules - Over the last 20 years, an average of 90 forest fires per year laid waste to almost 374 hectares of forest in Switzerland. A good half (57%) of all such fires are due to human activities. Compliance with the key rules helps to prevent forest fires