Swedish project uses satellites to help spot and monitor wildfires

Firefighters use a helicopter to tackle a forest fire burning near Ljusdal, Sweden on July 18, 2018. (Maja Suslin/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Wildfires are a common occurrence during the summertime in Sweden and soon satellites might be a common way to help spot them after they start.
  • Leif Sandahl is a fire-protection engineer at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency who is working on the project that has spotted hundreds of blazes.
  • “The satellites help by both telling officials exactly where the fire is burning and how the it develops,” Sandahl tells the Swedish Radio.
Radio Sweden

For more on the new satellite project, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Out-of-control wildfire fire threatens cabins northwest of Fort Simpson in Canada, CBC News

Russia: Record breaking temperatures recorded in Arctic Russia, Eye on the Arctic

Sweden: Sweden’s wildfire season later than usual, Radio Sweden

United States: Indigenous wildfire knowledge to be key part of new Arctic Council project, Eye on the Arctic

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