Campers blamed for new forest fire

Firefighters think careless campers started a fire that continued to rage out of control at Birkenes, just north of Kristiansand in Southern Norway on Friday. The firefighters were working day and night to gain control over the flames, and expected to spend most of the weekend trying to fully extinguish them. “There’s a lot that […]

Hot, dry weather ‘isn’t fun anymore’

Summer arrived in May in Southern Norway, and its record high temperatures have stuck around ever since. The initial joy of blue skies and sunshine, day after day, now seems to be wearing off, replaced by complaints and concerns over a drought that’s affecting more than just the farmers. “What’s more wonderful than swimming, sunbathing […]

Forest fires keep breaking out

Nine new forest fires were burning Tuesday morning in Setesdal, the long valley stretching from Kristiansand in the south up to the mountains in the north. The fires are in addition to the dozens already burning or brought under control in the midst of Norway’s severe drought. “We’re putting a priority on four or five […]

Lightning sets off 100 forest fires

UPDATED: More than 100 forest and brush fires were burning all over Southern Norway, some of them out of control, on Thursday afternoon and evening. Extremely dry conditions and strong winds were posing huge challenges for emergency crews. State broadcaster NRK reported fires in the Agder counties, Telemark, Vestfold, Østfold, Buskerud, Hedmark and Oppland. NRK […]

Trains spark fires again

Trains on the rail line between Oslo and Gjøvik, which is used by thousands of commuters, ground to a halt again on Monday after a braking train set off sparks that ignited tinder dry shrubbery and grass along the tracks. The fires were extinguished before any evacuations of residents along the tracks at Nittedal were […]

Forest fires breaking out in warm weather

The recent spell of warm and dry weather in southeastern Norway has led to exactly what local authorities feared: Fires broke out in several areas over the weekend, some of them caused by careless campers. Firefighters from Trøndelag to Lommedalen just outside Oslo struggled to gain control over fires in remote areas that required helicopters […]

Forest fire danger sparks red alerts

Warnings were going out this week that forest fire danger was at its highest possible level all over Southeastern Norway. More than a week of dry and unusually warm weather, with more to come, is making local forests highly vulnerable to going up in flames. Not only are all open campfires banned in all municipalities […]

Fire destroys historic building in Porsgrunn

Fire swept through an historic wooden building on the main street of Porsgrunn, southwest of Oslo, during the night. Firefighters gained control of the blaze before it spread to other structures in the area, but not before it had destroyed the building and a popular gallery containing millions of kroner worth of art. “This is […]

Fire destroys buses used by the ‘russ’

Police, firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene of a major fire at Fornebu, west of Oslo, early Wednesday morning that destroyed two of the buses used for partying by graduating high school students known as russ. Heat from the fire and smoke also damaged at least one other russebuss along with additional vehicles parked inside […]

Family members killed in camper fire

The mother, father and one of their two children in a family from Sandnes were killed during the weekend, when the camping van in which they were sleeping at a park along the west coast reportedly exploded, and then caught fire. They left behind one teenaged daughter. “She’s being looked after by her grandparents and […]