Solberg visits brushfire area

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Justice Minister Monica Mæland, in charge of Norway’s police and fire brigades, both visited the scene of a major brushfire late last week just west of Bergen. The fire was finally brought under control and extinguished after two days of burning.

Prime Minister Solberg at the scene of a home gutted by the fire, which also scorched nearby hills. PHOTO: SMK/ Ida Dahl Nilssen

Solberg and Mæland thanked firefighters and many others who helped during the fire that destroyed two homes and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

The fire began Thursday morning, with firefighters still dealing with flare-ups o Saturday. Most residents could move back to their homes, however, during the weekend.

The fire scorched a wide area of Sotra in Øygården, an island community on the West Coast where it usually rains a lot but lately had a spell of warm and dry weather. staff