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About the fire (in English)

Aerial view of burned forest areas, August 2018.

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The forest fires in Ljusdal Municipality in 2018
On July 14th at 4.41 p.m. the local rescue services were alerted to a forest fire after the striking of lightning in the area of Ängra in Ljusdal Municipality. Only 13 minutes later they were also alerted to the area of Nötberget. This became the start of one of the largest fires in Sweden in modern times. Due to the extreme and longlasting drought in forests and fields, sparked by windy weather, the fires spread quickly. At one point five different fires were raging, but they were soon confined to three, encompassing Ängra, Enskogen and Nötberget.

Both national and international rescue teams were involved in fighting the forest fires, and only three weeks after the fires started, on August 9th, the fires were put out and the rescue efforts were terminated.

As a result of the fires, the affected forest areas have been declared closed to the general public for safety reasons. Ljusdal Municipality of Ljusdal and The County Administrative Board in Gävleborg have also established a Coordination Office to support landowners and others who have suffered because of the fires.

Facts about the fires

  • 23475 acres of forest, comparable to about 20 000 football fields, have burned.
  • The affected forest areas are Ängra, Enskogen, Nötberget, Tovåsen and Rullbo/Fågelsjö, owned by private landholders and forest companies, about 150 in total.
  • 20-30 buildings were directly affected by the fire, most of which were non-residential.
  • About 200 people were evacuated at different stages. A few landowners have still not been able to access their properties because of roads not yet secured.
  • The fires caused no fatal or severe injuries.

Prohibition to stay in fire-damaged forest areas
The County Administrative Board of Gävleborg prohibits the public to stay in the fire damaged forest area in Ljusdal Municipality. The prohibition is valid until further notice and has been introduced for public safety. Even though the fires have been put out, it is still very dangerous to enter the area affected by the fires, due to the risk of silently falling trees, activating embers underneath the ground or falling into sinkholes.

The prohibition does not apply to state and municipal authorities performing tasks in the area, or contractors carrying out tasks for any government or local authority. Nor does it apply to residents, landowners in the area or contractors staying there on their behalf.

Information on road traffic
The main roads 296 and 84 in Ljusdal Municipality have now been re-opened along the routes that were affected by the fires, which means that you may pass through but not make any stops where signposts have been set up. In the affected area a number of minor roads have also been closed down for safety reasons.

You can also check the Swedish Transport Administration for current traffic information in Sweden or call the customer service, open 24 hours a day and available by telephone 0046-(0)771-921 921.

Information on national emergencies or crises in Sweden
For general information in English about any national emergencies or crises, please visit the web site Radio Sweden. You can also visit the other links listed in the right column of this page or dial 113 13, Sweden’s information number in case of major emergencies and crises. This service is available 24 hours a day.

Are you or anyone else in an emergency situation?
Is life, environment or property in danger? Call 112 if you or somebody in your vicinity collapses or has a serious accident, or if there for any other reason is an urgent need for ambulance, fire services or police services.

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Fax: 0651-183 77

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