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Germany: 700 people evacuated because of a forest fire near Berlin

 

Germany: 700 people evacuated because of a forest fire near Berlin
Forest fires

German authorities announced on Sunday the evacuation of almost 700 people near Berlin due to a fire that spread over an area of about 100 hectares. An exceptional heat wave is hitting the country and parts of Europe, and a spokesman for the Potsdam-Mittelmark region told AFP that three neighborhoods in the city of Treuenbreitzen, located in Brandenburg, surrounding the German capital, were evacuated on Sunday, that is, "about 700 people".


The fire that broke out on Friday evening, according to local media, devoured about a hundred hectares in this rural area in the vicinity of the municipality of Treuenbreitzen, where eight thousand people live.


The mayor's office wrote on Twitter, addressing the residents of the neighborhood. "We ask all residents to leave their homes." This is not a test. "


Emergency housing has been set up at the town hall.


In 2018, this area experienced a fire that devoured 400 hectares of forest.


According to authorities, strong winds, in particular, contribute to the rapid spread of the fire and make the work of intervention forces difficult.


Authorities said on Saturday the fire had spread "rapidly".


Photos from the German army show that a number of federal police and army helicopters are helping firefighters by bringing water from a nearby lake to the area.


The fire comes at a time when parts of Germany and other parts of Europe have been experiencing an unprecedented heat wave for days.

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