In Hřensk na Děčínsk, work continues on the removal of loose rock blocks, March 9, 2023.
Hřensko (Děčínsko) – The mayor of the village of Hřensko in Děčínsk, Zdeněk Pánek, will strive to have the road to Mezní Louka open as soon as possible. ČTK said it today. The road is closed due to loose rock blocks, which a specialized company has been working on removing since Monday. He plans to finish the job in two weeks. However, Ústí Governor Jan Schiller (ANO) said after Wednesday's meeting of the crisis team that the road will be closed for the whole month. The loose boulders were noticed by miners who were cutting down trees damaged by last year's fire at the top of the rock.
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“We will push for it to be soon after the danger has passed, so that the section is opened,” said Pánek, according to whom the firefighters must ensure that the parking lots are modified before the tourist season begins. “After the winter, it is necessary to clear it of trees and the like, but of course I don't want to expose them to danger,” said the mayor. The season is set to start on April 1st, both Edmund's Gorge and Gabriel's Trail will be closed. Visitors can visit the Wild Gorge and Pravčická brana in the Hřensko area, which is now accessible from the direction of the settlements of Mezná and Mezní Louka.
Hřensko wants to contact the park management because of the drone that the municipality has purchased to search for potential outbreaks fire. The use of drones over the park is prohibited, so it will be necessary to discuss the method of using the new device with the administration, Pánek said. Firefighters want to place firefighting water tanks in the national park this year.
According to geologist Jakub Šafránek from the administration of the Czech Switzerland National Park, the work is progressing according to plan. He said this to ČTK today after he visited the place. “I think that the deadline that is in the contract, which is the end of March, will be respected,” he said. “I have to say that we reacted very flexibly,” added Šafránek. According to him, the question remains as to who will pay for the rehabilitation for 1.4 million crowns. For the time being, the park administration will pay for the work, according to the law, the owner of the threatened land, i.e. the Ústí Region and the municipality of Hřensko, must pay for the intervention.
There are several slopes in the national park that, like the rock formation above the road in Hřensko, were affected by the fire. After the remediation is completed, it will no longer be necessary to monitor the rock object in Hřensk, which cannot be said for other slopes. “All the slopes affected by the fire are developing very dynamically, so the slopes will be revised again in the coming days,” added Šafránek.
The fire started in the national park last year on July 24. The fire spread to 1,060 hectares and 6,000 firefighters took part in extinguishing it. Police are investigating the fire as a general threat. Residents of several villages had to evacuate, three houses burned down in the settlement of Mezná.