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Dry weather prompts Stockholm fire ban

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14:23 CEST+02:00
The Greater Stockholm Fire Brigade has announced the introduction of a ban on open fires in the areas in and around the Swedish capital following a spell of warmer weather which has left the ground extremely dry.

"The reason for the ban is the weather situation and that the ground is very dry," according to a fire brigade statement.

The ban applies to all public spaces in the region with the exception of "prepared barbecue stations" which are defined as "a concrete fireplace" or a "fireplace made from cemented bricks".

Furthermore barbecues are allowed only if caution is exercised and there is access to a water supply to extinguish the fire.

The authority warns that disposable or one-time grills are not considered "prepared barbecue stations".

The ban applies to the entire greater Stockholm area including outlying areas such as Lindingö and Danderyd and is based on the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute's (SMHI) fire risk forecast.

According to the SMHI forecast, the risk is set to remain high for the foreseeable future and the Stockholm Fire Brigade confirmed in their statement that the fires ban is in place "until further notice".

Private gardens are exempt from the ban on the provision that extreme caution is undertaken.

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