In the forest fire area in southern Brandenburg, the emergency services have requested reinforcements. Because summer temperatures were predicted without significant precipitation, further fire protection units had been requested from the country, the Elbe-Elster district announced on Saturday evening in Herzberg (Elster). “This situation carries the risk of flaring fires.” In the evening, 160 emergency services were still on site. The work should also continue into Sunday night

According to the information, a helicopter flew over the affected area “to document the critical fire sites and fire nests”. In addition, drones were used to send firefighters to embers in a targeted manner. Firefighters have feared the fire would flare up for days.

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The so-called major damage situation will remain on Sunday, as the district further announced. This makes it possible to ask emergency services from other areas for support because your own forces cannot cope with the situation on your own. In addition, the federal highway 183 between Beilrode and Marxdorf will remain closed.

According to official information, however, the situation in the Brandenburg Elbe-Elster district had eased overall. On Saturday, the firefighters were still fighting individual embers on an area of ​​500 hectares that had to be extinguished, according to the administrative staff of the district. ´

250 firefighters extinguished the fire from the ground. They received help from the Bundeswehr, which also has a transport helicopter on standby until Sunday. He can put out fires that are reviving from the air. On Saturday afternoon it was said that he was no longer required.

According to the information, two armored engineers are on site, which helped to cut aisles and build paths to get to the burned area. According to further information, a police reconnaissance helicopter is also ready with its four water cannons.

The work of the firefighters is still exhausting. “Driving from fire to fire is a mammoth task, the herd is becoming smaller and smaller,” said the state’s deputy forest fire protection officer, Philipp Haase, of the German Press Agency.

Meanwhile, the civil protection organization @fire, which burned down vegetation on federal highway 183, has ended its mission. She took care of dead wood, for example, to prevent the fire from spreading to other areas. The federal road remains closed between Beilrode and Marxdorf so that emergency vehicles can enter the fire area unhindered.

According to the district, the Kiebitzsee in the local recreation area of ​​the city of Falkenberg has now been released to bathers again. In the past few days, Bundeswehr fire-fighting helicopters had taken water to extinguish the fire. The lake was closed for safety reasons.

The emergency services on site had hoped for rain for Lusatia announced by the German Weather Service on Saturday. However, there was no precipitation until late afternoon.

The so-called major damage situation continues, as the district announced on Saturday afternoon. This makes it possible to ask emergency services from other areas for support because your own forces cannot cope with the situation on your own. More fire protection units were requested. (dpa)