Efforts to put out forest fires in eastern Germany continue

Hundreds of firefighters are still battling a forest fire in eastern Germany raging amid a stifling heat wave.

Hundreds of firefighters are battling Saturday to fight a forest fire in eastern Germany, which is still raging in the midst of a stifling heat wave.

Thirteen firefighting helicopters joined 350 firefighters who were deployed in an area of ​​150 hectares (370 acres) in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, according to the region's authorities.

Four firefighters sustained minor injuries, authorities said.

The rain that fell on Saturday was not enough to put out the fire.


Efforts to put out forest fires in eastern Germany continue Hundreds of firefighters are still battling a forest fire in eastern Germany raging amid a stifling heat wave.  Hundreds of firefighters are battling Saturday to fight a forest fire in eastern Germany, which is still raging in the midst of a stifling heat wave.  Thirteen firefighting helicopters joined 350 firefighters who were deployed in an area of ​​150 hectares (370 acres) in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, according to the region's authorities.  Four firefighters sustained minor injuries, authorities said.  The rain that fell on Saturday was not enough to put out the fire.  The fire broke out last Sunday in neighboring Czechia before spreading to Germany.  Local authorities have declared a fire under control in southern Brandenburg, also in the east. The fire forced about 700 people to leave their homes earlier this week.  Scientists say climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of heat waves around the world, exacerbating the risks of fires.


The fire broke out last Sunday in neighboring Czechia before spreading to Germany.

Local authorities have declared a fire under control in southern Brandenburg, also in the east. The fire forced about 700 people to leave their homes earlier this week.

Scientists say climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of heat waves around the world, exacerbating the risks of fires.
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