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.

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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.

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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 […]

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