Friday 23 August 2019

Firefighters to go ‘on the attack’ to tackle large wildfire in Germany

The blaze in Luebtheen, about 106 miles north west of Berlin, is the biggest in the history of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state, officials said.

Smoke rises as a forest fire rages near Vielank, Germany (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
Smoke rises as a forest fire rages near Vielank, Germany (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Firefighters, soldiers and civil defence personnel are battling a large wildfire at an area used for military exercises in northern Germany after weeks of dry weather.

The blaze in Luebtheen, about 170 kilometres (106 miles) north west of Berlin, is the biggest in the history of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state, officials said.

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Smoke rises as a forest fire rages near the village of Hohen Woos (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)

Stefan Sternberg, who heads the district administration, said some 600 hectares (1,483 acres) of forest and brush are affected.

Mr Sternberg said firefighters managed to contain the fire overnight and are now planning to go “on the attack”.

Water is being diverted from the Elbe river and the military has deployed helicopters to tackle the blaze.

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A forest fire rages near Loosen (Philipp Schulze/dpa via AP)

Germany has seen little rain lately during a Europe-wide heatwave.

Authorities said the wildfire risk is strongest in the north east.

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