Parts of Denmark lift open fire bans after rain

A ban on open fires that has been in place across the country since early July has been lifted in parts of Jutland.

Parts of Denmark lift open fire bans after rain
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Fire services in southern, northern and western Jutland (Trekantområdet Brandvæsen, Nordjyllands Beredskab and MidtVest Brand og Redning) have all confirmed that their bans on open fires have been lifted or will come to an end at 5pm on Monday.

“Based on an overall assessment of current weather conditions, including drougt index, the ban on open fires will now end,” fire service director Jarl Vag Hansen told TV Syd.

“We urge ongoing extreme care and consideration in the use of open fires,” the MidtVest Brand og Redning Fire service wrote in a statement.

Danske Beredskaber, an umbrella organisation representing municipal emergency services, said that it was important to check local announcements and not assume than bans had been lifted due to the weekend’s rain.

“It can naturally seem strange to have a ban on fires if you’re somewhere where there has been pouring rain for three days,” the organisation’s executive secretary Bjarne Nigaard said.

“But it depends on how much falls and how quickly. It can take time for underground water reserves to be filled up so that plants can take on fluids,” Nigaard continued.

Nigaard added that he was pleased to see some return to normality in weather conditions after a long and exceptionally dry summer, which has resulted in open fire bans since July 4th.

“We don’t like intervening in people’s plans to have barbecues and a nice summer. But this year has been extraordinary, so it was unfortunately necessary,” he said.

According to the Danish Emergency Management Agency (Beredskabsstyrelsen), initial counts showed a total of 2,091 wildfires in Denmark in May, June and July. That compares to an average of 592 for the period 2013-17.

Fines can be incurred for breaching bans by lighting bonfires or barbecues or otherwise failing to follow directions issued by municipalities.

“It is important to patient and comply with the relevant bans. It is therefore a good idea to keep informed via local fire service websites,” Nigaard said earlier on Monday.

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How much will it snow in Denmark this weekend?

Winter weather arrived in spectacular fashion to coincide with the beginning of December this week. The weekend could bring more snow to parts of the country but probably less disruption than recent days.

Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December.
Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Recent snowstorms disrupted North Jutland in particular and Denmark in general, and more cold weather can be expected this weekend albeit severe, according to forecasts.

“We won’t see the Ragnarok-like weather we’ve seen in some places recently again this weekend, but it’s now winter weather and it has also snowed in several places overnight,” said meteorologist Frank Nielsen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

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Cold weather on Friday and a low front across the North Sea will bring clouds and precipitation across Denmark from the west, Nielsen said.

That will materialise as cold rain or sleet in many areas but probably snow in North Jutland, he said.

“There could be between five and ten centimetres of snow north of the Limfjord,” the meteorologist said, referring to the waterway that cuts across the northern part of Jutland, including main regional city Aalborg.

“In the southern part of the country, an equivalent five to ten centimetres of rain could fall,” he added.

Friday’s temperature will be between freezing point and five degrees Celsius, with the north of the country falling in to the lower end of that range and the south the warmer end.

Mist and fog is forecast this evening, caused by various weather fronts moving over Denmark.

That could still be felt on Saturday morning, though it is likely to be a little warmer at 2-6 degrees Celsius. Mild winds could make that fell chiller, but snow is unlikely.

Sunday will see the temperature drop again, to 0-4 degrees Celsisu. Snow is possible, particularly on eastern coasts.

Strong winds in the east of the country and along the coasts will result in a “rather cold 24 hours,” Nielsen said.

Nighttime temperatures are expected to drop below zero throughout the weekend. Motorists are therefore warned to be alert to icy road surfaces.