MSB urges the general public to be cautious due to extreme fire risk

There is extreme risk of fire throughout the country. A small spark can create a large fire. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) therefore urges the public to be cautious and to comply with the fire bans issued in many parts of the country.

The general public has an important responsibility in preventing unnecessary fires from starting. It is of the utmost importance to find out whether a fire or barbeque is permitted at your location and to adapt your conduct to the risk of fire. Even if there is no fire ban, it may be unsuitable to light a fire or barbeque with solid fuels such as charcoal and wood due to the high risk of fire.

Advice for private individuals:

  • Keep track of the risk of fire and whether there is a fire ban. Get help from the 'Brandrisk ute' app.
  • Is there a high risk of fire? Choose other alternatives to lighting a fire or barbequing.
  • Choose a safe place if you are planning to light a fire – a fixed grilling area or a surface of gravel or sand.
  • Do not light a fire in strong wind.
  • Make sure there is water to put out the fire – and make sure you put it out properly when you are done.
  • If you discover a fire, call 112. If you have any questions about smoke or fire, please call 113 13.

Penalties for non-compliance with the fire ban

Anyone who violates a fire ban can be fined. One can also be punished if they cause a fire, regardless of whether a fire ban is in effect or not.

A fire ban is decided by the municipality or county administrative board. These can also decide what the ban should include. Information about the local decision can be found on their websites.

On there is a map of Sweden showing current fire bans. You can also find out whether there is a fire ban in your area via the app Brandrisk Ute. The app also provides an overview of the current fire risk and what to bear in mind.

Source: MSB

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