Oslo residents asked to drop the disposable grill by fire service

Due to dry weather and the risk of forest fires, people in Oslo are being asked to consider leaving the ‘engangsgrill’ at home by the fire service in the capital.

Pictured is a disposable grill.
Oslo's fire service has asked residents to leave the disposable grill at home. Pictured is a 'engangsgrill'. Photo by Torbjørn Helgesen on Unsplash

More than 640 forest fires have been registered in Norway this year, with 400 of those coming in April. The fire service in Oslo has already responded to more than 50 forest and grass fires this year.

The cause of the forest fires has been dry and warm weather in southern Norway for several weeks. As a result, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute has issued an orange warning for the whole of southern Norway.

Oslo’s fire service has asked people making the most of the good weather to consider leaving the disposable BBQ at home.

“If you are going on a trip in the woods and fields, then, by all means, continue with it. But it might be the time to try something other than grilled sausages,” Knut Halvorsen, brigade commander at Oslo Fire and Rescue, told newswire NTB.

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April this year was the ninth driest since 1900, and the risk of forest fires is much higher than normal for this time of year.

“This means that there is a need for everyone to show even more caution and that you are careful with campfires, primus and disposable grills. It isn’t (grills) something that we should use now- that is our clear advice,” Halvorsen said.

Last month, the general fire ban came into place. This prohibits people from starting fires unless they are at an approved camp or acquainted with local conditions and rules. The ban is in place until mid-September.

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Oslo shooting suspect remanded in custody for four weeks

The suspect behind a weekend shooting in Oslo that left two dead and 21 wounded was remanded in custody for four weeks on Monday.

Oslo shooting suspect remanded in custody for four weeks

Zaniar Matapour will have no contact with the outside world until July 25, Oslo District Court ruled. The 43-year-old is accused of killing two men and wounding 21 other people when he opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo in the early hours of Saturday morning, amid celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

Norway’s domestic intelligence service has described the attack as “an act of Islamist terrorism” and said Matapour had “difficulties with his mental health.” Norwegian police said they were still investigating Matapour’s motive.

He has been charged with “terrorist acts”, murder and attempted murder, but has so far refused to be interrogated by police. According to his lawyer, he fears investigators will manipulate video recordings of his questioning.

Matapour, a Norwegian of Iranian origin, will undergo a preliminary psychiatric evaluation to help determine the state of his mental health and whether he can be held legally responsible for his actions.

He had been known to Norway’s PST intelligence service since 2015, with concerns about his radicalisation and membership of “an extremist Islamist network”.

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Police said they were examining several possible theories, including an attack motivated by ideology, unstable mental health, a hate crime against the LGBTQ community, or a combination of factors.

The PST said it did not pick up on any “violent intent” when its services interviewed him last month.

Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl said there would be a review into the police and PST’s handling of the case.

Nordic ministers visited the site of the attack on Monday, saying in a joint statement that they “stand together with the LGBTI community and against all forms of violence”.

Oslo’s Pride parade, which had been scheduled to take place for the first time in three years due to the Covid pandemic, has been postponed indefinitely.