Forest fires in Sweden

  • 25 Jul. 2018 -
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  • Last updated: 28 Jul. 2018 21:32

On 25 July 2018 the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) received a request for assistance to fight forest fires in Sweden.

Over the last few weeks Sweden has experienced atypically high temperatures and close to no rainfall. This has resulted in very dry grounds in woodlands and terrain across the country. The risk of forest fires is extremely high in most of the country, from the south to the north.

Sweden has experienced many forest fires during this period. Currently there are around 40 active forest fires in the country and the number is steadily increasing. The three largest fires alone are covering over 20 000 ha.

The weather conditions are not improving. At the end of this week, temperatures are expected to rise even more and the weather forecast does not indicate much precipitations.