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article imageFrance to send two Canadair planes to Sweden to help combat wildfires

By AFP     Jul 19, 2018 in Environment

France is to send two Canadair planes to Sweden to help put out the wildfires raging across the country as a result of the current drought, Swedish authorities said on Thursday.

Firefighters are currently battling to put out around 40 fires, particularly in wooded areas, which have broken out during an extreme heatwave across the entire Nordic region.

Given the lack of manpower and capacity needed to tackling such events, the Swedish authorities have asked for EU emergency help to fight the blazes, which have caused no fatalities so far.

After Italy sent two firefighting aircraft and Norway sent eight helicopters, France intends to send two Canadair CL-415 firefighting aircraft and their crew.

Three German helicopters and one Lithuanian plane are also going to be sent, the Swedish news agency TT reported.

Meteorologists have in recent days warned of extremely hot temperatures in Sweden.

Record temperatures above 33 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) were reported in Uppsala, a city north of Stockholm, and more than 30 degrees throughout the rest of the country.

Neighbouring Norway was hit by wildfires in 100 locations in the south last week, some of which were triggered by lightning.

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