At least eighty fires are burning around the country at present, and many are still not under control.
According to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap, or MSB), the situation is worst in Gävleborg, Jämtland and Dalarna (areas in central Sweden).
In Härjedalen municipality, in Jämtland County 60 buildings have been evacuated.
There is also an acute shortage of rescue personnel and equipment in several places around Sweden.
In Pålgård, in Jämtland’s Ragunda municipality, able-bodied adults are asked to report to the council by telephone to help with the fire fighting. So far over 100 people have called in, says Niclas Jarlås at the municipality to news agency TT.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Feds announce funding to tackle climate change in Inuit region of Atlantic Canada, Radio Canada International
Finland: Finnish forest fire sparked by sunbeam through bottle in bone-dry weather, Yle News
Norway: Norway’s Arctic islands crush May heat records, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Record heatwave in the Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Wildfires ravage Sweden, Norwegian helicopters flown in for backup, Radio Sweden
United States: Warming, fires, warming, fires: How tundra wildfires could create an unstoppable cycle, Alaska Dispatch News