The police in Suðurnes have decided to close the eruption site today due to a risk of wildfires and unfavourable wind direction in the area.
This was stated on the police’s Facebook page.
Ákvörðun lögreglustjórans á Suðurnesjum er að loka inn á gossvæðið í dag vegna gróðurelda og óhagstæðrar vindáttar.
Posted by Lögreglan á Suðurnesjum on Monday, 10 May 2021
The police in the capital area received a report of a fire at Laugarnestangi just before midnight last night. The fire brigade was sent to the scene and it turned out to be a limited burn.
The fire brigade had been called out earlier in the day when a fire broke out in a lava field in Hafnarfjörður yesterday. Heavy smoke billowed from the fire and spread over an area of more than 600 square metre.
Two boys were reported to have lit a paper at Vatnsendablett just before nine o’clock yesterday. The fire brigade was sent to the scene where there was a risk of the fire spreading to vegetation.
Note: Due to the effect the Coronavirus is having on tourism in Iceland, it’s become increasingly difficult for the Grapevine to survive. If you enjoy our content and want to help the Grapevine’s journalists do things like eat and pay rent, please consider joining our High Five Club.
You can also check out our shop, loaded with books, apparel and other cool merch, that you can buy and have delivered right to your door.
Also you can get regular news from Iceland—including the latest notifications on eruptions, as soon as they happen—by signing up to our newsletter.
Buy subscriptions, t-shirts and more from our shop right here!