Pňovany (Pilsen) Between Pňovany in Pilsen and Stříbro in Tachov the forest burned in three places. Firefighters declared the highest level of alertness. The fire paralyzed rail transport on the main line from Pilsen to Cheb and to Germany. The outbreak had a police helicopter with a water bag and a flight service for firefighting. The fire has destroyed up to 130 firefighters. According to the owner's representative, he hit more than 10 hectares of forest.
Between Pňovany in Pilsen and Stříbro in Tachov the forest burns in three places. Firefighters declared the highest level of alertness. The fire paralyzed rail transport on the main line from Pilsen to Cheb and to Germany. The outbreak has a police helicopter with a water bag and a fire brigade. In two places the fire does not spread, the third part is still burning with fire and the front of the fire is expanding. Due to the size of the intervention in a large area, it was expected that water tankers would arrive, said Regional Pontifical Fighter Petr Poncar. Nobody was injured. This is the largest forest fire this year in the Pilsen region.
"There are three independent bearings, about a kilometer apart," Poncar said. He added that two bearings are about 1.5 hectares in size. The third hit area is slightly smaller. Locations are not linked. The fire ran from the forest past the station in Pnovany to Stříbro. "For the most part, the fire is under control but not extinguished," said a firefighter's spokesperson. No cause or disadvantage yet.
Due to air strikes, electric traction was disabled on the main line from Pilsen to Cheb and to Germany. Until the end of the crossings the trains from Pňovan to Stříbro will not leave. The Czech Railways said on their website that the afternoon dipolino from Cheb to Prague is derived by Ústí nad Labem and in Prague it is possible to calculate with its hourly delay. There is a replacement bus service between Stříbro and Pilsen.
The fire does not spread further in two places. "It does not burn anymore, it shines on the ground," said the spokesman. Firefighters spill the water into the depth to prevent the so-called root fire. "For a long time, it will have to be monitored and controlled in cooperation with the forest owner, and the length of the supervision will be determined by the commander," Poncar said. Places will be dropped and patrol all night, and probably on Wednesday.
According to the fire service spokesperson, other units are called to places. There are now almost 80 firefighters present, more than 20 units. According to the intervening units, the fire monoculture burns. However, it is not a so-called crown fire but a ground fire. According to the ČTK information, large tanks from Pilsen and Tachov are more than 30 kilometers from the fire. They interfere with professional volunteer firefighters. The fourth, highest level of fire alarm was announced.