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Brush Fire Burns 15 Hectares in West Iceland

By Yelena

brush fire May 2020
Photo: Björgunarsveitin Heiðar/Facebook.

Around 15 hectares burned in a brush fire that began last night in Norðurárdalur valley, West Iceland, RÚV reports. Over 100 firefighters and search and rescue volunteers worked through the night to fight the flames, putting out the final embers around 6.00am this morning.

Firefighters in Borgarbyggð municipality received notice of the brush fire around 6.00pm yesterday evening. The flames later spread to moss and brush in a lava field, terrain difficult for firefighters to access, particularly with vehicles.

Search and rescue teams used a drone equipped with a thermal camera to map where the flames were strongest. Heiðar Örn Jónsson, Assistant Fire Chief in Borgarbyggð thanked area residents who brought food and drink to firefighters as they worked through the night.

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