As climate warms, fire-ravaged Sweden gets a taste of California

A wildfire sparked, and then another, until more than 50 blazes were burning across the landscape.

This was late July in Sweden, not California.

Familiar foes — blistering temperatures and vegetation dried out by drought — fueled Sweden’s fires from the Arctic Circle to the country’s southern border. Sweden, which experiences on average three wildfires through July, was soon overwhelmed.

Officials dispatched nearly every municipal firefighter in the nation. They called for aircraft from Italy, Portugal and Norway and personnel from France, Poland and Germany.

And, soon, they began looking to California, shudderingly, for answers.

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