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Extremely high risk of grass fires and forest fires

6 juli, 2018, kl 09:18

Fire ban remains in force in the Greater Gothenburg Fire and Rescue Service area The hot, sunny weather is set to continue. The risk of grass fires and forest fires has increased even further, reaching critical levels. Last weekend, Greater Gothenburg Fire and Rescue Service put out a number of land fires, and fires are still burning in several places throughout Sweden.

“Forest fires demand considerable resources, and our normal capacity to safeguard lives, property and the environment is therefore more limited,” said Lennart Liljeroth, Head of the Emergency Response Team at the Greater Gothenburg Fire and Rescue Service.

We have had a prolonged period of hot, sunny weather and the damp we normally see in the undergrowth has largely disappeared. A single spark from a barbecue, vehicle or machine, or a dropped cigarette end, could be disastrous. Conditions both on land and in the air are approaching critical levels. Fires in unusually dry weather such as this are often extremely serious and spread very quickly.

A fire ban has been in force since May 22 in the Greater Gothenburg Fire and Rescue Service member municipalities of Gothenburg, Kungsbacka, Härryda, Partille, Lerum and Mölndal.

“The fire ban means, among other things, that it is not permitted to light a fire outdoors or barbecue directly on the ground. Extreme caution must be observed even when barbecuing is allowed. The use of permanent barbecue grills is still permitted. Although it is not forbidden to use disposable grills, we appeal to the public not to use them at the present time in the light of the unpredictable and very hazardous conditions,” said Lennart Liljeroth.

DOES AND DON’TS – FIRE BAN IN THE GREATER GOTHENBURG FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE AREA

  • You are not permitted to light a fire outdoors or barbecue directly on the ground.
  • It is permitted to use normal barbecue grills, either charcoal or gas, and permanent grills, both brick-built or screened off to reduce the risk of a fire spreading. It is vitally important that there is no risk of fire spreading to the ground.
  • Spirit stoves and gas stoves can be used outdoors.
  • Disposable barbecue grills should be avoided, but may be used if they are placed in a way that fire cannot spread to the ground. To ensure this, the grill may only be placed on a stone, asphalt or other similar surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Heat can remain in charcoal for a long time after you have finished barbecuing and could therefore still cause a fire. You must use lots of water to extinguish the grill before leaving it unattended.
  • The person who is barbecuing is responsible for ensuring the grill is handled correctly before, during and after use.
  • If you discover a fire, call 112.