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Department of Forests

Institutional Framework/Responsibilities

The national institutional framework for forest fires management, as well as the duties and responsibilities of all bodies involved in firefighting, are specified in:

  • The Forest Law,
  • The Fire Fighting Action Plan in Rural Areas,

According to the above, the legal, administrative and technical responsibility for extinguishing forest fires
lies with the Department of Forests of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment. Forest fires are: fires starting or spreading inside state forest land, or within two kilometers from state forest boundaries, or fires that upon the judgment of the Director of the Department of Forests may pose danger for state forest land.

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