Due to warm and dry weather conditions in west Iceland, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, in consultation with the Chief of Police in the district of West Iceland, has decided to declare uncertainty phase due to the threat of scrub- and grass fires in west Iceland, especially in the Skorradalur area. According to the Icelandic Met Office the weather forecast for western Iceland continues to be warm and dry, with no precipitation in sight.
Declaring uncertainty phase means increased monitoring of scenarios that could later threaten health and safety of people, the environment or populated areas. Declaring a level of uncertainty is part of the civil protection system’s procedures to ensure formal communication and information sharing between the responders and the public.
People are advised to be cautious about outdoor activities that might cause sparks, igniting fires and to avoid open flames. More information on general precautions if a dangerous situation develops can be found on the Civil Protection and Emergency Management website https://www.almannavarnir.is/english/preventive-measures/general-precautions/