Forest fire threatens Hermansverk

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The Sogn fire and rescue department threw all available resources against an out-of-control forest fire burning at Njøsadalen near the west coast community of Hermansverk on Monday afternoon. Strong winds fanned the flames as crews worked to control the blaze.

“We have now alerted personnel from Leikanger and Sogndal, and the Civil Defense (Sivilforsvaret) has also now been called in,” Kolbjørn Øvrebotten at the emergency operations center told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “It’s burning right under high-voltage power lines, but we don’t yet know the preliminary cause of the fire.”

“It’s really burning there,” said emergency center leader Terje Brandsøy. “The wind in the area has meant it has spread. So far, we don’t have control of the fire.”

Meanwhile, the Selbu fire department in Sør-Trøndelag county said a water-bombing helicopter had helped crews gain control over a brushfire burning in rough terrain. The blaze is believed to have been started when a logging machine hit power lines, causing sparks.

“It is still burning in the logging area, but the helicopter is in the process of dropping water in the area,” said Selbu fire chief Annar Bjørnbeth on Monday afternoon. “Right now we have reasonable control.”

newsinenglish.no staff