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forest fires

Spring Warmth Triggers Fires

Published söndag 26 april 2009 kl 12.03
Trying to contain the flames

Rising temperatures have led to several forest fires in the southern half of Sweden. According to local authorities some fires were caused by negligence, but in a few cases police suspect arson.

Early Sunday the largest fire was raging northeast of Gothenburg. A fire department spokesman on the scene said the flames had already consumed more than 500 acres of forest.

As the fire was getting out of control, a number of homes had to be evacuated. Firefighters are being assisted by military volunteers and by helicopters. So far there are no reports of injuries. (KH)

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