A long spell of dry and unusually hot weather in Oslo sparked on Wednesday what officials have been worrying about for weeks: A forest fire that by mid-afternoon was out of control.
Fire-fighters couldn’t reach with conventional vehicles all the areas that were on fire in the forest bordering the Rødtvedt district on Oslo’s northeast side. A helicopter was launched mid-day in an effort to douse the area with water.
Police think the blaze started in the woods between Ammerud and Linderud. They finally gained control over it at around 3pm.
No houses were directly threatened Wednesday afternoon, but Tom Mikkelsen of the Fire Department (Brannvesenet) said crews faced a difficult job in extinguishing the blaze.
“We’ve only just started the work, and it will take some time,” he told Aftenposten.no. “We’ll probably be battling this all night.”
It was burning in the hills above Oslo’s Rødtvedt district on Wednesday.