The fires devastated thousands of hectares of forest. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT
The fires devastated thousands of hectares of forest. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT

Report: Fire truck confusion exacerbated Västmanland forest fire

Fire trucks driving to the wrong location and confusion about who should take command meant that this summer's forest fire in Västmanland got as large as it did, a new report has found.

Up to 14-thousand hectares of forest were affected by the blaze, which started at the end of July. Over a thousand people had to be evacuated from their homes, news agency TT reports.

The report found that the fire engines were delayed by up to 40 minutes when the fire was first reported, as they drove to the wrong location. It is unclear why they went to the wrong area. Two different fire stations tried to fight the fire, but there was little contact between them to co-ordinate the mission, the report found.

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