Treuenbrietzen (dpa) – The forest fires in Brandenburg on Friday night still raged on 300 hectares. This was reported by the police on Twitter. The fire near Treuenbrietzen 50 kilometers southwest of Berlin has indeed been preserved according to the authorities, but not yet under control.
Occasionally the residents of the evacuated villages Klausdorf and Tiefenbrunnen were allowed to enter their homes to collect personal belongings and take care of their animals. Later, police and public order checked that all people had left the danger zone. The two villages Brandenburg must be evacuated until at least Saturday.
The military fought, according to the authorities, with three fire sources around Treuenbrietzen and a fire in Jüterbog. "The situation is not relaxed yet," said a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior of Brandenburg. There is no rain in sight and the wind is fresh.
The vice-district administrator of Potsdam-Mittelmark, Christian Stein (CDU), expressed the suspicion that the fire might have been built in the light of the simultaneous outbreak at three locations in Treuenbrietzen. Of the Home Office However, it was said that one has no knowledge of the cause of the fire. Nothing can be excluded.
The fire had spread rapidly over 50 kilometers from the gates of the capital: after initially five hectares of forest fire area last stood in a flaming area, which corresponded to 400 football fields. At the same time, new fires were reported by the neighboring municipality of Jüterbog. According to the city administration, there were several hectares of land on a former military training area in flames.
A spokeswoman for the Potsdam-Mittelmark district said she expected a day-long extinguishing work around Treuenbrietzen. The embers reach the forest floor 40 to 50 centimeters deep. The inhabitants of the evacuated places Klausdorf and Tiefenbrunnen could return home on Saturday morning at the earliest. The houses in the villages could rather be protected from the flames.
The place Frohnsdorf was released Friday afternoon. About 500 people had to leave their homes in the three villages south of Potsdam on Thursday evening. They spent the night with acquaintances and in an emergency shelter.
According to the authorities, the affected area is more than half the size of the damaged area of the more than 400 previous fires in the country since the beginning of the year. "We have had some major forest fires in the area, and we did not have that in the area where it moves between the villages," said Mayor of Treuenbrietzen, Michael Knape.
Approximately 600 task forces were deployed. Ammunition remains of the World War II, which lies in the forest, made the extinguishing work more difficult. Firefighters can not move safely. "We do not get to places, only in responsible and cleared ways", said a spokesperson for the incident control center. The forces are therefore dependent on support from the air, such as helicopters. The Technical Relief Agency (THW) among other things came up with the question that airplanes must also be available in Germany.
The fire also affected train traffic. The route between Wannsee and Jüterbog is affected, according to the East German railways (Odeg) on its website. Accordingly, the regional railways of the private railway company already end in Treuenbrietzen. Passengers had to change buses. "Partly but a replacement traffic is not possible because the roads are closed," said a spokesperson for the company on Friday.
The southwest wind had carried the smoke to the capital at night. Residents must keep windows and doors closed, she explained fire brigade, In addition, ventilation systems must be checked. On Friday morning, however, the wind turned and the smoke left the city. A DWD spokeswoman said on Friday that it could happen in the night to Saturday, but again to a smoke charge in Berlin.
Communication about evacuation
Ammunition in the forest not only makes the extinguishing work in Brandenburg – it can also be the cause of fires. The ammunition comes from the Second World War. "It was set on fire or buried, especially in the last days of the 1945 war, so that it does not fall into the hands of the Allies", said the forest fire protection officer of Brandenburg, Raimund Engel. The scene was therefore in particular the forest areas. The Treuenbrietzen region, which is currently being hit by forest fires, was at that time a very controversial area.
Burning without human intervention can occur when the ammunition returns to the surface via wind and water, as Engel explains. It can cause fires when phosphorous ammunition comes into contact with oxygen when it is exposed to the sun and combustible material such as dry pine needles is present. But that was not an explosion, explained Engel.