Sweden is battling to contain the worst wildfires the country has faced in years, many of which are burning inside the Arctic Circle. The EU has sent helicopters to help, as the fire services are stretched to their limits. Evacuation orders are in place for the affected regions.
If you are headed to Sweden, check with your travel agent before you leave. When in the country, monitor local media. Fires can travel at rapid speeds and can change direction quickly – do not take your safety for granted. Make sure you have the contact details for your travel insurance, your emergency contact and your local embassy stored in an easy to access location.
For more advice on how to prepare for, survive and recover from a wildfire, please visit ready.gov/wildfires.
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency advises that those who do not speak Swedish can follow the situation with the forest fires:
- Web: Krisinformation.se
- Twitter: twitter.com/krisinformation.se
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Krisinformation
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
Forest fires are affecting parts of Sweden. Evacuation orders are in place across various regions and local travel may be disrupted. You should listen to announcements and follow the advice of the Swedish authorities. Further information is available from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sweden
Sweden has been forced to ask other European nations for help in battling against its worst wildfires in decades.
— ITV News (@itvnews) July 20, 2018
VIDEO: Fields without cattle or green grass: a historic drought is scorching Sweden’s countryside with dramatic consequences for farmers, some of whom have had to slaughter their animals. pic.twitter.com/q7Ib3FzDv2
— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 20, 2018
— World Economic Forum (@wef) July 19, 2018
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) July 19, 2018
— euronews (@euronews) July 20, 2018
Sweden, Finland, Norway. An intense heat dome has swelled over Scandinavia, pushing temperatures more than 20 degrees above normal and spurring some of the region’s hottest weather ever recorded. #climate https://t.co/yu6hkbaudT
— Isabella Lövin (@IsabellaLovin) July 20, 2018
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