SITS response teams, forest fire fighters and resources throughout Sweden.
Today, the SITS initial response teams work internationally fighting forest fires in Europe.

Controlled burnings

Controlled burnings are a conservation measure aimed at promoting the biodiversity of our fauna. PEFC-certified forestry companies will on average allocate 5% annually of its felled forests for controlled burning.

Controlled burning is a high-risk activity in the forest and surrounding environment during the summer days with high heat and low humidity, which demands great skill and vigilance. It is a necessary practice and contrary to popular belief, it is when it’s warmest and driest that the risks are the lowest.

The purpose of a controlled burning is to create the substrate for pyrogenic hydrophilic species to survive in a Swedish forest affected by fewer forest fires, and to burn off as much as possible of the humus cover to create an opportunity for seed trees to naturally regenerate.   

In some places, a controlled burning is the only possibility to carry out conservation measures due to the unavailability of forwarders and harvesters.

Support for the environmental assets of the forest

Today, forest owners can apply for grants through the Forestry Board to implement measures that improve the forest ecosystem’s resilience.

Of course we will help you with your application to the Board of Forestry. When conducting controlled burning, you can apply for up to 28 000SEK / burning and 9000 SEK / ha. At most 70% of the cost of the burning is granted.