Forest fire is ravaging an area with old munitions in Germany


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Breaking faith. A fire has broken out in a wooded area near the town of Treuenbrietzen in the German state of Brandenburg.

It writes the news agency dpa.

The fire broke out in an area southwest of Berlin, where there are remnants of explosive war ammunition from World War II buried in the ground, and this complicates the firefighting work.

On Friday night, the forest fire covered an area of ​​60 hectares and it had caused a cloud of smoke that was visible from several kilometers away.

This is stated by Brandenburg fire officer Raimund Engel.

About 380 employees from the fire brigade, the police and the German civil defense have been deployed to fight the fire, says spokesperson for the region Andrea Metzler.

The large number of rescue workers deployed is causing concern because the fire is spreading in an area where World War II artillery that has not exploded has been dug down.

Raimund Engel says there have already been explosions in the area.

The forest fire comes at a time when temperatures are high in many places in Germany. It dries the ground, and with changing winds it creates a challenging situation.

Work to extinguish the fire is expected to resume on Saturday.

In 2018, a forest fire also broke out around the town of Treuenbrietzen.

Then there was also concern about buried ammunition, and there were several explosions during the fire, local authorities said.

The forest fire also meant that 500 people from three different villages had to be evacuated. The very next day, however, they were able to return to their houses.

Several countries in Europe are expected to be hit by record high temperatures over the weekend, according to the news agency AFP, which creates fears of more forest fires.

In the Spanish region of Sierra de la Culebra, a forest fire has spread to close to 9,000 hectares, forcing more than 200 people into their homes.

/ ritzau /


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