"EU coordinates further assistance to help Sweden fight forest fires… Earlier this week, the Commission mobilized firefighting aircraft from Italy and France through the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism, which has since been operating in the affected areas. Further EU support has now been offered by Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Denmark," the press release said.
Further assistance to help Sweden🇸🇪fight forest fires: more support has now been offered by Germany🇩🇪, Lithuania🇱🇹, Poland🇵🇱& Denmark🇩🇰(Following firefighting aircrafts from Italy🇮🇹 & France🇫🇷 earlier this week) https://t.co/pKN4JDn2Rq 👏🇪🇺 #rescEU #EUProtects pic.twitter.com/xphArz9uWB— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) July 21, 2018
According to the press release, EU countries have already provided Sweden with five planes, including one reconnaissance plane and water-carrying aircraft, six firefighting helicopters as well as with vehicles and firefighters.
Just been reported, that these forest fires are out of control. Unless it rains consistently for two weeks, they cannot be stopped entirely. Another heatwave is about to hit Scandinavia, by the way. This is happening in Sweden, not California.— soren.svanhof (@soren_svanhof) July 21, 2018
Credit: Maja Suslin/Ritzau Scanpix. pic.twitter.com/5xRL0RHLvI
According to local media, the total number of fires in the country has decreased from 80 on Friday night to just over 40 on Saturday morning and might further go down as rains are expected to fall later in the day.
On Monday, Sweden activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and requested the assistance of EU member-states to fight the fires.