Moss-Covered Area Damaged by Wildfire: Video

Vala Hafstað

About 15 hectares (37 acres) of a moss-covered lava field in Norðurárdalur valley, West Iceland, were severely damaged in a wildfire the night before last, reports. In the video above, you can view the damaged area from the air.

In the interview, Heiðar Örn Jónsson, vice fire chief in Borgarbyggð, describes the conditions firefighters faced on the scene.

More than one hundred firefighters and rescue workers fought the fire, reported at about 6 pm Monday and finally put out by 6 am yesterday. The fire is believed to have started in a field along Norðurá river.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, between six and seven hectares were already burning. They focused on limiting the spread of the fire. Numerous kilometers of fire hoses had to be used to fight the fire. Access to the area was quite difficult, and all equipment had to be carried across a rough lava field.

The area is known for its natural beauty, as well as its birdlife.

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