Heatwave sparks fears of wildfires in large parts of Sweden

Due to the heatwave, large areas in Central Sweden face high risks of wildfire. In this picture, a helicopter drops its load of water on the wildfire front just outside the evacuated village of Gammelby, in Central Sweden, in August 2014. The 2014 fires are considered one of the worst in modern Swedish history. (Frederik Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images)
It’s only mid-May but the mini heatwave has left large areas of Sweden bone-dry, leading to firefighters issuing a ban on public fires in several areas.

The high temperatures and lack of rain has increased the risk of forest and grass fires in many areas. Firefighters on Tuesday issued alerts for the central regions of Eskilstuna, Strängnäs, Västerås, Hallstahammar and Surahammar, adding to the list of places where people should exercise extreme caution when lighting fires outdoors.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Feds announce funding to tackle climate change in Inuit region of Atlantic Canada, Radio Canada International

Finland: Northern Finland braces for worst spring floods in decades, YLE News

Norway: As Arctic weather dramatically changes, world meteorologists take on more joint forecasting, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Record heatwave in the Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Swedish rivers overflow as heatwave melts northern snow, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska’s firefighters are ready for wildfire season, Alaska Public Media

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