Forest fire above Bitsch

Current situation

Keep you up to date

A forest fire broke out above Bitsch on Monday evening, 17 July.

Here you will find the latest information on the situation's developments in the Aletsch Arena.

The most important information at a glance:

Updated: 8am on 17 August 2023

  • The situation above Bitsch has normalised.

  • There is no danger to guests and locals on Riederalp (in the entire Aletsch Arena).
    An xclusion zone has been imposed, most of which fortunately lies outside the tourist area of the Aletsch Arena. 
    This exclusion zone was reduced as of 4.8.2023. 

  • Getting there
    The Aletsch Arena holiday destination can be reached without restrictions on all access roads and by public transport.

  • Cable cars
    All mountain railways are outside the exclusion zone and are in regular operation.
    For information in real time (weather situation etc.) please refer to the current status report

  • Hiking trails

    300 of 317 kilometres of the hiking trail network are open. The hiking trails around Riederhorn such as the Casselweg are open again. Please stay on the hiking trails around do not leave them. 
    The hike from Riederalp over the Knebelbrücke to Blatten and the theme trail from Blatten on the Massaweg to Ried-Mörel remain closed.
    For information in real-time, please refer to the status report.

  • Businesses
    The Pro Natura Centre in Villa Cassel and Riederfurka Restaurant are outside the exclusion zone and are open for business as usual.

  • Forest fire risk
    Information on the Canton of Valais

  • A heartfelt thank you to all the emergency services for their tireless efforts in fighting the forest fire above Bitsch.

Reduced exclusion zone Bitsch forest fire


Information about the summer offers in the Aletsch Arena can be found on our website. For tourist enquiries, you can also contact us by e-mail or telephone.

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