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One dead as huge Swedish wildfire burns for fifth day

Firefighters continue a battle a wildfire that has burned for five days in central Sweden.

The fire has burned 150 square kilometres (60 square miles) of forested land and killed at least one person.

A thousand people have been evacuated from villages and towns in the area threatened by the fire.

Amateur video uploaded online on Monday showed plumes of thick white and black smoke rising over a forest in Virsbo locality, in Vastmanland province.

Italy and France have sent firefighting planes to help contain the blaze, one of the biggest forest fires in Sweden in recent decades.

Police say the badly charred body of man in his 30s was found in the area earlier today.

Another man was taken to a hospital with serious burns.

It is unclear what sparked the fire but authorities say unusually hot weather and dry conditions are fuelling the flames.