In the middle of the heat wave, the fire brigade in Brandenburg was called again to forest fires. East of Bad Saarow on the Scharmutzelsee, in the Oder-Spree district, a large area of forest was on fire on Wednesday afternoon. The Oderland regional control center sent an official warning because of the smoke. Residents are asked to keep doors and windows closed. The source of the fire is therefore in the direction of the district of Annenhof.
The fire crews are deployed with more than 30 vehicles and are trying to prevent the flames from spreading to a harvested field, said a spokesman for the Oderland regional control center. Since the fire area was contaminated with ammunition, the firefighters could only contain the fire from the outside. Settlements are not endangered. The spokesman could not initially say anything about the size of the fire.
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A forest fire broke out north of Berlin on Wednesday night. At the height of the federal road 96 at the entrance to Nassenheide, a forest of about 6000 square meters was on fire until the morning. This was announced by the Northeast Integrated Control Center in Brandenburg via the official warning portal on the Internet.
There was a lot of smoke associated with the fire. Drivers should exercise particular caution and attention when passing the fire, it said. Nassenheide is north of Oranienburg, a good 20 kilometers from the Berlin city limits.
The fire was extinguished around 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning, said a spokesman for the regional control center. The fire brigade then canceled the danger warning.
Because of the high temperatures and persistent drought, the highest forest fire risk level 5 now applies throughout Brandenburg. The Oberhavel district was still level 4 the day before, but the warning has now been tightened here as well.
In the forest fire control center there are always new alarms for smaller fires, the state’s forest fire protection officer, Raimund Engel, reported on Tuesday to the German Press Agency.
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Because of the “very high risk of fire”, everything that could lead to a fire in the forest and in the fields should be avoided, according to an official hazard notification. “The smallest spark can trigger a disaster. Human activity causes more than 90 percent of all forest fires.”