Forest fire in Brandenburg First residents can return home – extinguishing work is under way
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Hundreds of firefighters continue to fight with all their strength against the enormous forest fire in southwestern Brandenburg.
- Puffs even passed Berlin on Friday, the streets were smoky, the fire department said.
- The troops fought the approximately 400-hectare fire around Treuenbrietzen. Three places were evacuated.
DThe situation in the forest fire zone to the south of Berlin has somewhat decreased: the first residents who had to leave their homes were able to return to their villages. The evacuation of Frohnsdorf will be canceled at 12 o'clock, Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) said during a visit to the scene. About the evacuation of the other two places is decided in the afternoon. "Here I have to ask people for patience," Woidke said.
Around noon, some 600 helpers fought against the flames in Treuenbrietzen on about 350 hectares. Among other things, there was support from the fire service in Saxony-Anhalt.
The forest fire broke out on Thursday and, according to the authorities, was blown by wind gusts on a thunderstorm, so that it quickly spread across the treetops. The ammunition from the Second World War in the area caused additional problems. Three districts of Treuenbrietzen were evacuated as a precautionary measure, but the emergency services were able to stop the flames in front of the houses.
"During the war we have never experienced anything like that," says 76-year-old Anita Biedermann, who had to leave her home in Frohnsdorf near Berlin on Thursday evening. She has been living in her village for 70 years, Biedermann said. But for the first time she has to leave the house because of a forest fire. At first she saw smoke in the distance, then the police had asked the hundreds of residents of Frohnsdorf to leave their homes via loudspeaker calls. She would not be afraid. "There are so many great men here," she said, looking at 300 firefighters and technical workers.
In the headquarters of the fire brigade, which was hastily located in a club house, the mood was focused and serious. "We are trying to stop the fire," said deputy councilor Christian Stein (CDU). Approximately 600 people were brought to safety from three villages in the evening. In addition to Frohnsdorf, the villages Tiefenbrunnen and Klausdorf had to be evacuated.
On Thursday evening the fire had already spread over an area of 300 hectares. On the night of Friday about 400 hectares of land was burnt down, as the RBB reported, citing the mayor of Treuenbrietzen, Michael Knape reported.
In the fight against the enormous forest fire, the fire department has pulled several side aisles into the forest. In the early Friday morning, the armed forces used a wheel loader and a large bulldozer to prevent the fire from spreading to a district of Treuenbrietzen.
Extinguishing is difficult
The extinguishing work must be continued for days according to the government of the Land of Brandenburg. It is "unfortunately not foreseeable at the moment when we can release it all," said Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (EPD) during a visit to the fire. "It can take days".
The further development is highly dependent on the weather, said the head of the government. Especially the wind makes "great concern". So far there is no damage to the building. There is no reliable information about the cause of the fire so far. Police investigation ran.
Great helpfulness among the residents
The helpfulness on site is great. In the Stadthalle many citizens came forward to accept foreign people privately.
The fire also had an impact on air quality in Berlin about 50 kilometers away. Smoke drifted across the capital on Friday morning. Whole streets are smoky, said a spokesman for the fire department.
In the morning, according to the fire department, large parts of the city were affected. "It smells everywhere in the city." Residents must keep windows and doors closed and switch off ventilation and air conditioning. Many concerned calls have already been received by the control centers.
Southwest wind had carried the smoke to Berlin in the night, said a meteorologist from the German Weather Service (DWD).