Tinder-dry Oslo issues barbecue ban

Tinder-dry Oslo issues barbecue ban
Cleaning the barbecue. File photo: Stian Lysberg Solum/Scanpix
Firefighting services in the Norwegian capital area have banned all barbecues as the lack of rain puts Oslo at risk of potential forest fires.

While lighting up the barbie in parks and designated areas is still allowed in the city centre, all other barbecues in the greater metropolitan area have now been outlawed. 

"The ban isn't for Oslo town, but we are asking people to be very careful when barbecuing in the parks. It's dry everywhere," Oslo chief firefighter Asle Hemdre told the NTB news agency on Wednesday. 

"Until the weather gets better or there's rain, this ban stands," added Nedre Romerike area spokesman Jan Bjerke.


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