Sweden and Norway 'concerned' by unusual pre-season forest fires

Various pre-season forest fires already burning in Sweden and Norway have authorities worried that it might be another “summer of ashes” in Scandinavia this year. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB, told AFP news agency they’ve already spotted ten blazes of “concern”. The origins of the fires are most likely due to human activities such as barbecues or forest machinery, according to authorities. But the lack of rain and higher than usual temperatures are not helping. Last year, forest fires ravaged more than 25,000 hectares of land in Sweden after an exceptionally dry spring and the hottest month of July on record since two and a half centuries. Norway has also seen a few forest fires ahead of the season due to the unusually dry weather that burnt a few hectares of land. The country's minister for public safety, Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, said on local TV they had "learned their lessons" after last year's fires. - Euronews -



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