Finland Battles Worst Forest Fire In 50 Years
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Sat 31st July 2021 | 02:10 AM
Helsinki, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jul, 2021 ) :Finland is battling its worst forest fire in half a century with some 300 hectares ravaged in five days in a northwestern valley during an exceptionally hot summer.
The fire began on Monday about 25 kilometres south of the small port town of Kalajoki in the Gulf of Bothnia.
"It's still burning, but it hasn't got bigger, it's limited to 300 hectares (nearly 750 acres)," Jarmo Haapanen, in charge of firefighting operations near Kalajoki, told AFP.
He said it would take a "minimum of one week, perhaps two or three weeks" for it to be put out completely.
"If climate change warms our summers like that, I'm sure it will happen more often," he warned.
Some 250 people, including army soldiers and four helicopters have been mobilised to douse the flames.
There have been no casualties so far as the area, about 500 kilometres (300 miles) north of the capital Helsinki, is sparsely populated.