The forest fire near Falkenberg reached around 800 hectares on Monday. Several towns had to be evacuated and a piglet farm partially burned down. The fire was “not yet under control”, he said Tuesday morning.
The large forest and field fire near Falkenberg in the Elbe-Elster district is still not under control. As a spokesperson for the Lausitz control center told rbb on Tuesday morning, attention shifted to the Lönnewitz industrial park overnight.
The fire spread massively, mainly from flying sparks. The exact extent can only be explored during the morning, the spokesman said. Currently, an affected area of approximately 800 hectares is still assumed. The area is partially contaminated with munitions.
The situation was “very tense”, he added.
The villages of Rehfeld, Kölsa and Kölsa-Siedlung have been evacuated according to the control center. In addition, the inhabitants of the village of Marxdorf should also prepare for it.
The fire also partially burned down a pig fattening facility in the settlement of Kölsa. Several animals died, according to the spokesperson for the control center.
Up to 500 emergency services from the districts of Elbe-Elster, Potsdam-Mittelmark, Spree-Neisse and Oberspreewald-Lausitz are currently fighting the fire. Several rescuers were injured. Other forces – also from Saxony – were called upon, he added. Two Bundeswehr helicopters are also to be deployed during the day.
The fire broke out on Monday afternoon. It had spread rapidly due to strong gusts of wind. The district classified the fire as a major damage situation.
Brandenburg has been hit by forest and forest fires several times this year.
Broadcast: rbb24 Brandenburg aktuell, July 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.