The number of forest fires in Brandenburg continues to increase due to the persistent drought. In the meantime, 116 fires have been registered in forest areas since the beginning of the season, reported the state’s deputy forest fire protection officer, Philipp Haase, on Monday. Five fires blazed on the weekend alone.

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So it burned on Sunday near Baruth (Teltow-Fläming) on ​​2500 square meters near a gas compressor station. In an even larger fire on Saturday near Storkow (Oder-Spree), the fire blazed over 4,000 square meters.

The expert estimated that an average of four to five fires a day was an unusually high average for the time of year. The forest fires blazed in ever larger areas. “The area sizes are now also showing us how quickly the fires are developing because the ground is bone dry,” said Haase.

According to data from the Ministry of the Environment, except for the Uckermark, the forest fire danger level was four in all districts on Monday – out of a possible five. The levels are calculated based on precipitation, humidity, wind speed and temperature, among other things.