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"avoid lighting fires"

Dry grass poses fire risk

Published lördag 23 april 2011 kl 10.32

One week ahead of the traditional festival of Valborg, when Swedes light huge bonfires to "burn away the winter", the Swedish Meteorological Office is now warning of the risk of grass fires in parts of the country.

Much of last year's dead grass has been hidden under the snow, and dry spring conditions have meant that new grass hasn't had a chance to grow. The dry, dead grass could act like tinder and increase the risk of wild fires, so the Met Office is now warning Swedes to avoid lighting fires or barbecues at all.

The regions most at risk are central Götaland (the south), Svealand (central parts), the southern coastal areas of Norrland, and the snow-free parts of the north.

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