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Conditions of access to forest areas in Provence and Côte d'Azur

In summer, access to the forests of the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region is often prohibited due to wildfire risks. Here is the daily map of authorized forest areas and those closed to the public.

Publié par Jean-Baptiste Fontana le 05/09/2023
Conditions of access to forest areas

Due to drought, high temperatures and wind, the south of France is very exposed to the risk of forest fires.
To protect nature but also hikers, local authorities decide every day whether access to forest areas is open or closed.
This map therefore allows you to know whether or not you are authorized to access the forests.

Please note, this also concerns certain trails which provide access to beaches. Particularly the coastal path, when it is located outside the city centers.

Parks located in the city center are not affected by this plan. On the other hand, those located outside city centers are linked to this map.

On certain days of exceptional wildfire risk, certain amusement parks and tourist places located near forests may also be closed to the public.

Finally, certain roads may also be closed, either throughout the summer season or temporarily on days with a high fire risk.

Except in certain authorized and clearly explained and arranged locations, the use of barbecues is prohibited in forests and on beaches in the south of France.


Risk map

This map is updated daily. Until 5:40 p.m. it informs about the conditions of the current day. Between 5:41 p.m. and midnight, it concerns the next day.

Color Green/yellow: moderate wildfire risk level: you must remain cautious and do not start fires in the forest (including smoking, which is prohibited)
Orange color: severe forest fire risk level: penetration into forest areas is not recommended
Red color: very severe fire risk level: access to forest areas is prohibited.

Black color: exceptional level of fire risk: Access to forest areas is prohibited

Origin of information: Prefectures of Bouches-du-Rhône, Var, Vaucluse, Alpes Maritimes and Alpes de Haute Provence.

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