Outdoor grilling ban eased

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Rain that’s fallen in the past few days has lowered fire danger in some areas of Southern Norway and around Oslo, prompting fire departments to ease their recent ban on outdoor grilling. The annual summertime ban on campfires in the forests and hills, however, remains in force.

“The fire chief has decided it’s okay to grill in areas where it’s no longer dangerous,” Sigurd Folgerød Dalen of the Oslo fire and rescue service told state broadcaster NRK on Friday. The ban has also been lifted in Asker, Bærum, Follo, Råde, Rygge, Moss and Våler.

The ban in Romerike was not lifted, however, with local officials there telling NRK that the rain falling earlier this week “too little and too local” to remedy tinder-dry conditions following May’s heat wave.

Nor is it allowed to light campfires in Nordmarka, Øst- or Sørmarka or any other forest areas. The ban that always applies between April 15 and September 15 means grilling can only be carried out at authorized locations.

newsinenglish.no staff