Sweden calls for volunteers to help fight raging wildfires

Firefighters use helicopters to fight wildfires outside Hammarstrand in central Sweden, on July 16, 2018. (Mats Andersson/AFP/Getty Images)
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.

Places that are being evacuated:

  • In Härjedalen, Jämtland County, a fire in forest by Lillåsen means people should leave the Olingsjövallen area. And all those near Trängslet military shooting range should evacuate, as the wildfire is spreading fast north.
  • All those living in Enskogen in Ljusdal, Gävleborg, should evacuate as wildfire is spreading fast.
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2 thoughts on “Sweden calls for volunteers to help fight raging wildfires

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 23:32


    I have been following the article with reference to the wild fires in Sweden, can you please get a message to:
    ‘ the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap, or MSB)’

    my name is Jason, I am a QFF trained firefighter. I want to helpand offer expertise, I have vast experience in wild land fires. please contact me on via email:


  • Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 09:19

    i would like to help as well if is possible the problem that im in spain but wouldnt mind to go asap!

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