Globally many religious and other cultural heritage sites are embedded natural ecosystems that are subjected to wildfire risk. Within the regions of the Global Wildland Fire Network emphasis is given to support religious communities to protect temples, churches, mosques, monasteries, seminars, worship sites, including holy trees and groves. Recent examples from Europe and the Near East:
Fire also recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage
Based on a decision of the German UNESCO Commission and the Federal Conference of the Ministers of Culture of Germany the traditional Biikebrennen has been included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Germany on 12 December 2014. The Biikebrennen is the fire traditionally set on 21 February along the West coast of Schleswig-Holstein State since the 17th Century as a farewell sign to the whalers who were leaving at that time of the year to their long journeys.