Busy Saturday for the fire service Østafjells

forest firesIllustration.Forest fires.Photo: Tor Aage Hansen / NTB scanpix

The fire brigade throughout southern and eastern Norway has been busy putting out major and minor fires in nature on Saturday. Forest fire danger has been applied in the area.

“There is a great local forest fire danger in the eastern mountains until there is significant precipitation”, has been reported by the Meteorological Institute.

This means that the danger warning is at the yellow level. Although the general ban on setting fires in forests and fields was lifted as usual on 15 September, there has been little rainfall in southern and eastern Norway in recent weeks. The emergency services in a number of places in the region have reported that they must move out to put out fires, grass fires and other open fires in nature.

“It does not happen every year that a warning about forest fire danger is sent out in late September. But it happens. In 2018, we had a very dry and hot summer, and then the danger of forest fires lasted well into the autumn”, says on-duty meteorologist Håkon Mjelstad at the Meteorological Institute to VG.

Mjelstad says the extinguishing work has so far gone well, as the vegetation is wetter than in spring and summer. But should it catch fire, it could get serious.

“Even if the fire ban does not apply now, everyone who is out in nature should be careful when lighting a cozy fire”, he says.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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