Forest fires still out of control – many evacuated

Forest fires still out of control – manyevacuated

10June 2008

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Fire fighters and volunteers were Tuesday morning still fighting to gain control over a forest fire in Raade, in the county of Oestfold. Twenty persons have been evacuated so far.

Many have also moved domestic animals to safety.

So far, the fire fighting crews have been able to contain the fire within a 1.5 square kilometre area surrounded by fire lines which are kept doused with water.

Their only worry is that the wind may shift, but according to the Met Office, this is not likely to happen Tuesday.

There is also a forest fire raging in Froland in the county of Aust-Agder. Here around 35 cabins and wekend homes were still in danger Tuesday morning.

Rain reached Western Norway on Monday, but in South Eastern Norway there is no rain in sight to speak of before Thursday.

A major industrial fire in Bergen Harbour Monday evening completely destroyed the headquarters of a diving firm. No one was injured in the raging fire which set off several explosions, before it was put out late in the evening. 

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