Forest Fires Breaking Out Across Northern Europe, Hundreds Evacuated in Norway

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in Norway as firefighters try to extinguish forest fires raging in the south of the country. April is very early for wildfires in Norway and experts warn of an increased risk of fires across the continent.

Around 150 homes have been evacuated around the town of Sokndal, Norway, where fires have been burning since Tuesday. Authorities say the fires are still out of control and warn that heavy winds may cause them to spread.

Wildfires across Europe are significantly more frequent than average for this time of year. Wildfires have broken out across northern Europe: in Sweden, Germany and the UK this month alone.

The winter was very dry in most of Europe and persistent drought in the north has led to the rise in forest fires.

 

 

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