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Forest fires both in Rogaland and Vest-Agder

forest firesIllustration photo of a forest fire. Photo: Lasse Stadeløkken / NTB scanpix


Forest fires both in Rogaland and Vest-Agder

There are forest fires raging in several places in Rogaland and Vest-Agder. In Sokndal, in the south of Rogaland, two women had to be evacuated by helicopter. That fire is not under control.

The Main Rescue Centre in Southern Norway reports this. The rescue centre was notified of the issue at 2 pm on Tuesday. The two women were extracted by an air ambulance coming from Stavanger.

“It was first stated that there were four persons, but it has now been clarified that there is talk about two. Both are evacuated unharmed,” Rescue Officer on duty, Cecilie Øversveen, tells NTB.

The two women, 45 and 53 respectively, were checked by ambulance personnel, according to the Southwest Police District.

Not injured

The two women, 45 and 53 respectively, were checked by ambulance personnel, according to the Southwest Police District.

A helicopter flew over the area on Tuesday afternoon to find out whether there were more persons there. There were, however, no indications that that was the case.

In connection with the fire, county road 44 is closed for traffic from Åna-Sira to Åmot bridge. This due to the fact that it burns on both sides of the road and that there is a lot of smoke in the area. The fire spreads westwards in the direction of Årstad. It is not under control at 6 pm.

“It is continuously being considered whether there will be a need for evacuation of habitations,” the police informs.




A forest fire also broke out at Åse in Kvinesdal in Vest-Agder. A fire helicopter stationed at Torp has been sent to the site, in addition to crews from Hægebostad, Eiken and Farsund. The Norwegian Civil Defence Force is notified as well.

There was for a while danger that the fire would engulf cabins and houses, but just before 6 pm, it is reported that the fire is now under control, NRK reports.

Fires also broke out at Utland in Lyngdal, as well as at the Kvineshei Tunnel in Hægebostad municipality.

“There are strong winds in the area, Agder 110 (Emergency Call Centre), therefore, urges that people do not light fires in forests and outfields,” the local fire department warns.

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