New Swiss forest fires underscore high risk

Ascona, Ticino and Chateau d’Oex, Vaud, Switzerland (TSR, Fre) – A fire in the wooded heights above Lake Majeur in Ticino near Ascona has touched 200 hectares and is not yet under control. Another forest fire started in Chateau d’Oex, near Gstaad, Tuesday but was brought under control within two hours. Federal authorities warn that the continuing hot, dry weather carries with it a high risk of forest fires. Hikers and picnickers are urged to use caution near woods.