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Weekend Rain Extinguished Wildfire Threat

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Photo: The Reykjavík Forestry Association. After the forest fire in Heiðmörk on May 4, grass, dandelions, and lupines are already started to poke up their heads. .

The National Police Commissioner, in cooperation with police commissioners in West Iceland, the Westfjords, Northwest Iceland and Northeast Iceland, has decided to lift their state of alert for wildfire in the area.

The regions have seen a considerable amount of precipitation in the past few days, enough to lift both the medium and low levels of alerts. The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Response still encourages the public to be careful with open fire in green areas.

In a social media update, the Department noted that this time, they were happy about the rain.

A state of low alert due to wildfire was first declared May 6, following forest fires in Heiðmörk forest on the outskirts of Reykjavík, where over 60 hectares of land burned. Since then, most regions in Iceland save for the east and south-east coast and the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago were on low or medium alert and several brush fires have started, within the city limits as well in the south, north and west of Iceland.

After the forest fire in Heiðmörk on May 4, grass, dandelions, and lupines are already started to poke up their heads. Forestry experts will follow the area’s recuperation closely as it’s an interesting chance to assess the effect of forest fires on such a young forest. about 61 hectares of land burned in the fire, including 46 hectares of cultivated forest and 5.5 hectares of native birch. Despite plants and leaves starting to get green, the extent of the damage to the trees won’t be visible until next summer.

Despite lifting the wildfire alert, Iceland is still on medium alert due to the global pandemic and the Reykjanes peninsula eruption, as well as on low alert due to the threat of further landslides in Seyðisfjörður.

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