Wildfire wreaks havoc National Park in Germany

 Wednesday, July 27, 2022 


As firefighters struggled hard to put out untamed wildfire across Elbe-Elster district of Brandenburg on Monday, around 600 people were evacuated from the region.

Around 200 residents from the town of Rehfeld and 400 in the Kölsa district in the town of Falkenberg were ordered to evacuate their homes.

Railway service between Cottbus and Leipzig was interrupted due to the wildfire.

A large forest fire broke out in the Elbe-Elster district of Brandenburg on Monday, spreading to an area of 800 hectares It is approximately the size equivalent to 2,000 football pitches – by Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the fire department said that the situation was “very tense” as the fire was not yet under control.

The Kölsa-Siedlung region in the town of Falkenberg (Elster) was particularly affected, the spokesman added. The fire department was on the scene with 152 emergency workers.

Deputy Forest Fire Protection Officer Philipp Haase said darkness also hampered firefighting efforts, which is why only limited firefighting was possible during the night.

In a statement issued by the fire department of Germany late on Monday evening, violent gusts of wind triggered this situation. Firefighters found it difficult and in some parts it was almost impossible for them to extinguish the fire.

According to the predictions of the German Weather Service (DWD), wind gusts up to 60 kmph were expected ion Tuesday which could spread the wildfire.

Light showers have also been announced for the region, but it is unclear when they will reach the fire area and if they will provide much assistance in extinguishing the flames.

As a result of the fires, Deutsche Bahn paused some services between Leipzig and Cottbus. The rail firm said the section between Torgau and Falkenberg (Elster) of the RE10 line was affected.

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