Wildfires in Norway
Record dry conditions and high winds throughout January sparked wildfires in parts of Norway, and fire danger persists in central and southern regions. According to media reports, in total, around 200 homes have been destroyed in Norway since January. One fire in the mid-Norway coastal area of Flatanger affected 139 houses in late January, according to local police. Earlier, another fire in the southern heritage village of Laerdalsoyri had destroyed 40 houses. Since these late January fires and after weeks of dry weather, rain has since fallen and mitigated the risk of fire in some places. However, in parts of central and southern Norway, fire bans are still in place as dry weather is forecast for the coming days.