Summer 2008 saw the most devastating forest fire in Norway for a century. About 27 km2 of mixed forest went up in smoke, most of it within Froland municipality in Aust-Agder. Although a tragedy for the people, birds and animals directly affected at the time, a forest fire like this also creates new opportunities for a variety of life forms. For that reason 1/3 of the area has been protected through Myklandsvatna and Jurdalsknuten nature reserves. Studies on how nature recovers after a fire are being conducted here. Three-toed Woodpecker is the main attraction in such habitat. The general area is also good for Capercaillie.