Sweden: Small fires break out due to dry conditions

Several grass and forest fires broke out during the Easter weekend. It is unusually early for dry conditions to be causing problems in Sweden, says the Civil Contingencies agency MSB. (Martin Thibault/Radio-Canada/Archive photo)
Several grass and forest fires broke out in Sweden during the Easter weekend and the meteorological office SMHI warns that the risk of more fires is great.

Bo Sandström is with the fire brigade in southern Älvsborg, a region around Borås in western Sweden. He tells Radio Sweden that some fires in the area started from people burning grass and yard waste during the Easter holiday.

Sandström say this happens annually only now, it is too dry to do so.

“It is usually very dry on the surface of the ground, but now it has gone down through the layers in the soil and it is really, really dry deep down in the ground, and that makes it worse for us,” Sandström says.

According to the Civil Contingencies agency MSB, it is unusually early for dry conditions to be causing problems in Sweden.

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Ulla Engberg, Radio Sweden

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