Approximately one square kilometer of forested land was engulfed by fire near the caves Maríuhellar in the outdoor recreation area Heiðmörk in Reykjavík yesterday. The fire was reported in the early afternoon.
From Heiðmörk. Archive photo by ESA.
Fifteen firefighters on two trucks from the Capital Region Fire Department were sent to the scene, along with 15 members of search and rescue squads, Fréttablaðið reports.
Water shortage was a problem and calling for assistance from a Coast Guard helicopter crew was considered. However, such plans were called off once firefighters got the situation under control and managed to stop the spread of the fire.
The drought of the past days has increased the risk of vegetation catching fire, yet there have been fewer callouts because of such incidents than usual at this time of year.