The risk of forest fires in Brandenburg increased significantly again before Pentecost. On Friday there was a fire in three forest areas, as the forest fire protection officer Raimund Engel reported to the German Press Agency. An area near Halbe (Dahme-Spreewald) contaminated with ordnance was also affected. The extent of the fire was initially unclear.

There were also fires in Rädel near Lehnin Monastery in Potsdam-Mittelmark on the edge of a military training area and near Neubrück (Oder-Spree). There, too, the size of the fire was not yet foreseeable. The fire department’s operations continued.

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On Thursday there was a fire on 2500 square meters of forest near Massen (Elbe-Elster) and on 500 square meters in Schwarzbach near Ruhland (Oberspreewald-Lausitz).

The number of forest fires in the country has risen to 150 since the beginning of the fire season. Engel expected medium to high danger levels for the coming Pentecost weekend. “The precipitation of the past few days has only brought relief for a short time,” said the expert. Wind has ensured that the moisture was withdrawn from the soil.

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According to the Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment on Friday morning, danger level 2 applied to seven districts, the middle danger level 3 to six districts and the second highest level (4) to Havelland. Engel expects higher danger levels across the country in the coming days.