Forest fires are part of a natural cycle in many regions of the world and there­fore occur regu­larly. Prob­lems arise, however, when, among other things, human settle­ments are built into nature with­out prior consid­er­a­tion of possi­ble dangers from forest fires. Wild­fires are signif­i­cantly influ­enced by three factors: weather, vege­ta­tion, and terrain. Forest fires in the coun­tries of south­ern and south­east­ern Europe can take on much more intense forms than here in Germany