Speaking to Radio Sweden after the release of his report, Björklund said that “a combination of luck and skill” helped to minimize the impact of the 2018 fires but that Sweden might not be so lucky next time.
“We must draw the conclusion that Sweden is not sufficiently secure from future big forest fires,” he said.
The investigator said that smaller municipalities should take steps now to ensure that they are ready for the coming summer, suggesting that they practice fire response techniques and learn how to better predict risks.
Interior Minister Mikael Damberg said the government would take the criticisms to heart. He said preparations are already underway to avoid a repeat of 2018, including allotting 65 million kronor to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) to purchase equipment and helicopters.
“Come this summer, Sweden will be better equipped,” he said.