1- Please avoid travelling to dry forests in summer season, as a normal seasonal cultivation practice, local farmers at the base may burn grass during this season.
2 - If you are traveling, book your trekking only with government approved trekking clubs.
3 - Coordinate with local experts to guide you, because they know their places better than anyone else.
4 - Always have an emergency kit within reach (at the cottage, in your backpack when hiking in the forest).
5 - Choose a cleared location, out of the wind, for a fire outside; have a shovel, a bucket of water or a rake nearby, constantly monitor your fire and, to extinguish it, spray it with abundant water and cover it with ash, sand or earth.
6 - Burn anything (waste, dead leaves) at the end of the day, when there is no wind, far from vegetation and in compliance with municipal by-laws.
7 - If you smoke outside, put out your cigarette butt on a rock or bury it in the ground.
8 - Listen carefully to public notices and warnings about the presence of smoke or the air quality.
9 - Watch for falling trees, the biggest post fire hazard.
10 - Strictly follow the rules of the forest department when you go for trekking in a forest.
11 - When you spot a forest fire, then immediately move towards an open land, rocky areas, water bodies or any areas that have already burnt. Avoid staying on the steep slopes, grassland, areas with a lot of wooden logs and wood debris. We cannot imagine the speed of the fire spread.
12 - Before going for trekking, prepare an evacuation checklist and get to know the evacuation route.
13 - Know the local emergency number and the important contact numbers of the forest management.
14 - In general, forest fires are driven by two factors: wind and terrain. In both cases, it is critical to move upwind (that is, into the wind) when attempting to escape wildfires. You can determine general wind direction by viewing which way the smoke is moving, assuming there’s reasonable visibility. Look high up in the sky, where the smoke direction is less affected by the terrain. You should also travel downhill. This is because the hot air masses created by the fire tend to move up, making higher elevations more prone to ignition.