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Sweden lights forest fire the size of 520 football pitches

The fire in Ejheden Ecopark. Photo: Erik Nyberg/Sveaskog

Published: 25.May.2018 12:50 hrs

A Swedish state-owned forestry firm has lit what is likely the biggest controlled forest fire in the country ever.

Sveaskog says the fire in central region Rättvik covered 260 hectares, the equivalent size of 520 football pitches.

The controlled blaze in Ejheden Ecopark is part of nature conservation burning Sveaskog carried out in order to preserve fire-dependent species and in particular insects which struggle to survive now that humans systematically extinguish fires.

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