Massive Swedish forest fire is declared a national emergency

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A record breaking forest fire – one of the biggest in modern times – has broken out in central Sweden.

The blaze which covers between 5,000 and 10,000 hectares has been declared a national emergency.

It has been burning for five days

Helicopters are being used to pluck people trapped by the flames to safety. The 4,500 residents in the town of Norberg may have to be evacuated.

Emergency services say hard winds have been hampering efforts to control the blaze. The fire was described as “out of control” by firefighters.

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