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Homes evacuated as firefighters battle wildfires in southern Sweden

Firefighters battling the major blaze at Hästveda in southern Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Published: 24.Apr.2019 08:06 hrs

Homes had to be evacuated after a major forest fire broke out in southern Sweden.

The forest fire between Hästveda and Osby in Hässleholm municipality forced 47 people to leave their homes on Tuesday. Fire crews had one top priority overnight: contain the blaze within the perimeter.

"It has succeeded, with quite a bit of work. We are just about to step up our work this morning, with helicopters and crews on site," fire officer Johan Sjöberg told Swedish news agency TT.

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