The large water cannons are leaving Södra Cell Mönsterås following the fire which broke out on the chip conveyor last Friday. The cannons started to roll out on from the site on Thursday evening (18 August), and the remainder will depart this morning (19 August), returning to the Släckmedelscentralen - SMC - centres in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm from where they were dispatched last week.
"This means that all external resources for extinguishing the fire have now been withdrawn," said Michael Bergqvist, leader of the rescue operation and shift manager at Södra Cell Mönsterås.
The rescue services have only twice before dealt with situations on this scale in the county of Kalmar.
"The rescue initiative is the most extensive of its kind in the region since the forest fires in Oskarshamn in 1983 and Påryd in 2009," said Ingemar Idh, leader of the rescue operation and head of rescue operations in the municipality of Mönsterås.
Work is ongoing at the pulp mill at the same time to pave the way for operations to resume. Once hosing down is complete, culverts may need to be emptied for inspection, for example, to determine the extent of the damage.
For further information, please contact:
Per Braconier, Director of Communications, +46 (0) 70 534 51 66
Caption: Final extinguishing of the fire at Södra Cell Mönsterås on Thursday.