A forest fire ongoing since around 14:30 (local time) on Monday, June 4, has led to evacuation of at least 25 people in Sala (Västmanland county; northwest of Stockholm). Some areas remain barred to public as of June 6 as firefighters continue to work to contain the fire, rendered difficult by strong winds and dry weather.
Forest fires are relatively common in Sweden in the summer months. In 2014, Västmanland was home to the largest forest fire to hit the country in 40 years; one individual was killed and around 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) burned between July 31 and August 11.
Individuals in Västmanland are advised to keep abreast of the situation and to adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities
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