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Sweden is fighting its most serious wildfires in decades — including blazes above the Arctic Circle — prompting the government to seek help from the military, hundreds of volunteers and other European nations.
As of Friday, more than 50 blazes were torching forests, mostly in central and western Sweden but also in the North, above the Arctic Circle, and on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland.
This is a serious situation and the risk for forest fires is extremely high in the whole country.- Jakob Wernerman, operative head of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Swedish officials say the country’s wildfires remain a serious situation, with the continuing hot and extremely dry weather making firefighting efforts very hard despite broad international help.
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