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Fire in Reykjavík Outdoor Recreational Area

The Capital Region Fire Department was called to Vífilsstadarhlíd in the outdoor recreational area of Heidmörk in Reykjavík last night, where fire had spread from a disposable BBQ to withered grass.

From Heidmörk. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Approximately 400 square meters of vegetation were destroyed in the fire. According to the fire department’s duty officer, it took a long time to extinguish the fire because of the dry and windy weather conditions, reports.

Adalsteinn Sigurgeirsson, the vice-chairman of the Reykjavík Forestation Association, told that there is no supervision with Heidmörk during the weekends due to cuts in funding from Reykjavík City and Gardabaer.

Sigurgeirsson said the association spends ISK 8 million (USD 63,000, EUR 45,000) on operations in Heidmörk every year and has lobbied for increased funding for a long time. Now they just have to trust that people won’t do cause damage to or set fires in the forest.

The outdoor recreational area is very popular. Approximately 600,000 people visit Heidmörk every year—1,500 people per day on average, according to numbers from the Forestation Association.

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