As wildfires come early, 'speed is of the essence' to contain them

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Last summer's record-breaking wildfires were the worst in recent memory. But with a spate of grass or forest fires already ablaze, how prepared is Sweden this year?

”We are seeing risk levels now that we normally see in August” Jakob Wernerman, head of operations at the Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) tells Radio Sweden.

On Wednesday, the agency announced a series of measures to boost Sweden's fire fighting capabilities, including the use of 30 helicopters that can be in the air and at a fire within 90 minutes.