HELSINKI: Finland is battling its worst forest fire in half a century with some 300 hectares ravaged in five days in a northwestern valley during an exceptionally hot summer, reports AFP.
The fire began on Monday about 25 kilometres south of the small port town of Kalajoki in the Gulf of Bothnia.
He said it would take a “minimum of one week, perhaps two or three weeks” for it to be put out completely.
“If climate change warms our summers like that, I’m sure it will happen more often,” he warned.
Some 250 people, including army soldiers and four helicopters have been mobilised to douse the flames.
There have been no casualties so far as the area, about 500 kilometres (300 miles) north of the capital Helsinki, is sparsely populated.
Experts say this was the biggest fire in Finland since 1971 when a forest fire consumed 1,600 hectares.