Forest fires 2019
Forest fires can start in a number of different ways and they may spread rapidly. Make sure not to start a fire. Follow the instructions from the authorities.
Fire risk and fire bans
Municipalities ("kommuner") and county administrative boards ("länsstyrelser") may issue fire bans. A fire ban means that you must not light fires outdoors. In order to find out if there is a fire ban in your area, check the municipality's web site. If you have questions about what is allowed as regards open fires in your area, contact the rescue services ("räddningstjänsten") through your municipality.
At Sveriges kommuner och landsting, you will find a list of links to Sweden's 290 municipalities. The municipalities' local information is in Swedish, but most will answer questions in English.
Keep track of the fire risk at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute's (SMHI) web site.
If there is an immediate threat to life, health, property, or the environment, the head of the rescue operations may issue an Important Public Announcement. This is a warning aimed at the public which is broadcast on Swedish Radio, channel P4, in Swedish. Krisinformation.se will publish such warnings in Swedish and English. In large-scale emergencies, information in English and other languages may be broadcast by Radio Sweden and published on the web site.
Published 4/29/2019 11:22:55 AM
The dry and warm weather has resulted in a great risk of fire in forests and fields in parts of Sweden. There is a fire ban in several municipalities.
Published 4/24/2019 5:12:22 PM
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency warns that the dry, warm weather prevailing in southern and central Sweden has led to great risk of fire in woodlands and fields. The...
Published 4/23/2019 8:00:38 PM
Update April 24 09.57 AM: the important public announcement regarding fire that was issued for Hässleholms municipality, Skåne county, is no longer in effect.The danger has passed.