Rain eases ban on outdoor grilling

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Enough rain has fallen in the past week that the state meteorological institute has dropped its overall warning of high forest fire danger. Most extraordinary local bans on campfires and outdoor grilling, however, remain in place.

While some areas along the West Coast have dropped the grilling bans, too, emergency authorities in Oslo and Østfold counties have not. News bureau NTB reported this week that the authorities are continuously evaluating the situation, while those in Nedre Romerike in Akershus County decided as late as Monday to uphold their bans. They don’t think the rain has sufficiently eased the summer’s drought.

It was raining again over most of Southern Norway on Thursday, with strong winds. The forest fire warnings had been in place since May 15, with meteorologist John Smits telling NTB that this year was “the first time I have experienced sending out forest fire warnings over such a lengthy period.”

newsinenglish.no staff