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Western Norway fire still not put out. Rogaland Fire Service personnel are still engaged in trying to bring the blaze in the Vårlivarden area under control.

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Western Norway fire still not put out

Published on Tuesday, 2nd April, 2013 at 17:19 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last Updated on 3rd April 2013 at 06:36.

Rogaland Fire Service personnel are still engaged in trying to bring the blaze in the Vårlivarden area under control.

The fire taken from Aldegard
'The great flame in the middle of the image started as a small point when I picked up the camera and developed into a large flame of 15-20 meters length within a few seconds,' says Geir TengesdalThe fire taken from Aldegard
Photo: Geir Tengesdal


The fire in the vicinity of Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), a world-famous hike, is now burning for a third day.

“We cannot state that the fire is under control,” Gry Solem, Sør-Rogaland Fire Service press spokesperson, informs The Foreigner, Tuesday, on her way to view the conditions. “It changes all the time due to the wind.”

“Fortunately, the fire was not particularly fierce during the night. There has been little wind and things tend to calm when it’s cooler. But the fire increased again at daybreak. 37 men are participating in extinguishing the fire burning to the northeast,” Ms Solem adds.

About 100 people total comprised of fire service and army personnel have been trying to fight the grass and heather fire and prevent it from spreading since it started.

Helicopters carrying water from a local lake have also been brought in. Residents say they can see the fire from their windows.

“Three helicopters are flying over our roof. We can still see the smoke and it smells of smoke inside the house.”

It is believed the blaze was caused by a discarded smouldering cigarette. The ground is extremely dry after an extended spell of fine weather, making it almost impossible to quell the flames.

Vårlivarden (387 m) is the highest peak between Lutsivassdraget and Høgsfjord. The view offers a great panorama over Ryfylke. This area is historically known for small fires.



Published on Tuesday, 2nd April, 2013 at 17:19 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last updated on 3rd April 2013 at 06:36.

This post has the following tags: rogalandfire, lysefjord.





  
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