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Scandinavia wildfires spark fears of another summer inferno

A fire near Hässleholm in Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Published: 24.Apr.2019 15:54 hrs

A spate of spring wildfires in Sweden and Norway sparked memories of last year's historic forest fires, as firefighters brought most of the blazes under control on Wednesday.

A total of ten fires were of a "serious nature", a Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) spokesman told AFP.

Eight helicopters were being used to fight blazes in the south that were reported to be under control on Wednesday afternoon.

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