08:39 | 700 firefighters in action in Bohemian Switzerland
700 firefighters are currently fighting the blaze in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park. On Saturday, they were bolstered by around 240 new emergency services. Five planes and eight helicopters will fight the fire, announced Lukáš Marvan, spokesman for the Ústí district fire brigade, on the ČT television channel. The aim of Saturday’s intervention was to reduce the fire zone, that is to say to move from the fight against the fire to the attack. So far, the fire has been contained to an area of about five kilometers by two.
Despite light rain, there is still no relief in sight from the wildfires in Saxon Switzerland National Park. “It’s not enough,” spokesman for the Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains district, Thomas Kunz, said on Saturday morning. On Friday evening, new fires were discovered and fought in the area of the so-called Partschenhörner on the Czech border.
Reconnaissance flights should clarify Saturday morning if the mission was successful. According to Kunz, about 350 emergency services were on site Saturday morning to fight the fires. Two other helicopters were to extinguish the fire during the day, so that thirteen machines would then be in service. In addition, quads have arrived, with which the supply of emergency services in front areas can be carried out more easily and quickly.
Due to the high risk of forest fires, the district of North Saxony has imposed a ban on entering certain forests in its region. The ban aims to prevent new fires and thus relieve firefighters, the district administration said.
Each forest fire averted relieves firefighters and helps maintain their operational readiness.
All areas of the district on the east side of the Elbe are affected, i.e. for the areas of the municipalities of Arzberg and Beilrode, the town of Torgau with the district of Graditz, as well as for the town of Belgern-Schildau and the municipalities of Dreiheide, Elsnig, Trossin, Laußig and the town of Dommitzsch over the entire region. East of the Mulde and north of the B87, the ban also extends to the towns of Bad Düben, Eilenburg and Torgau and the municipalities of Doberschütz and Mockrehna.
Failure to comply with the ban may result in a fine of up to 2,500 euros. Excluded from the entry ban are forest owners, landowners, hunters and persons carrying out officially ordered or approved work.
08:02 | Firefighters in a forest fire: when volunteering becomes dangerous
Hundreds of firefighters in Saxon Switzerland have been fighting several forest fires for days. Many helpers are volunteers from the volunteer fire department. MDR SACHSEN spoke to one of them.