German Officials Close to Extinguishing Wildfire

Wildfire northwest of Berlin has been burning for days

 

A water canon of the federal police splashes extinguishing water near the village Alt Jabel into a burnt down forest with glowing nests on Friday, July 5, 2019. Because of the extensive forest fire near Luebtheen, hundreds of people had to leave their homes. (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

 

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say they are close to extinguishing a large wildfire at a former military exercise area in northern Germany.

Stefan Sternberg, who heads the district administration, said Friday that firefighters are winning the “war” against the blaze.

The fire in Luebtheen, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) northwest of Berlin, has been burning for days. It is the biggest in the history of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state, which along with much of Europe has experienced a particularly hot and dry early summer in recent weeks.

See also  Firefighters Struggling to Save CA Giant Sequoias

Sternberg predicted rain forecast for the weekend may help the 2,000 firefighters and soldiers finish the job, saying: “Every drop of water is a massive help for the region.”

Most residents of nearby villages who were evacuated protectively have been allowed to return home.

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Topics

Wildfire northwest of Berlin has been burning for days     BERLIN (AP) — German officials say they are close to extinguishing a large wildfire at a former military exercise area in northern Germany. Stefan Sternberg, who heads the district administration, said Friday that firefighters are winning the “war” against the blaze. The fire in […]

Get The Wildland Firefighter Newsletter

Related Articles

Wildfire Threatens Unspoiled GA Island Rich in History

Wildfire Threatens Unspoiled GA Island Rich in History

  By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press ST. CATHERINES ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Wildfires sparked by lightning have scorched hundreds of acres on this unspoiled island off the Georgia coast, where crews are battling to protect plantation ruins, the remnants of a 16th century...

Biden Signs Off on Hefty Pay Raise for Federal Firefighters

Biden Signs Off on Hefty Pay Raise for Federal Firefighters

By AAMER MADHANI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has signed off on giving federal wildland firefighters a hefty raise for the next two fiscal years, a move that affects more than 16,000 firefighters and comes as much of the West braces for a...

How’re You Feeling These Days?

How’re You Feeling These Days?

When I first started firefighting as a seasonal with the Forest Service, my only stress had to do with my physical stamina to keep up with the crew and making sure my boots weren’t causing me any hot spots. Did I have enough water? Should I double lunch today? By the...