A forest fire rages in the national park Saxon Switzerland. More than 250 rescue workers are on duty. A disaster alert applies to Bad Schandau. News ticker.
- big fire rages in Saxon Switzerland: Environment Minister calls the situation “devastating”
- forest fire in Saxon Switzerland National Park: Disaster alert for Bad Schandau declared.
- 60 children saved: holiday camps threatened by flames in the Czech part of the park.
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Update from 26 July at 20.11: The situation with the forest fire in the national park Saxon Switzerland remains tense. The extinguishing work is made more difficult primarily by the nature of the affected area, the Saxon Switzerland-East Erzgebirge district office said on Tuesday evening. In addition to the site’s inaccessibility, the complicated procurement of extinguishing water, which is obtained from the Elbe and Kirnitzsch, among other things, is problematic, says a spokesman.
The fire therefore spread over about 250 hectares. There were still five sites in total, three of which were under control. The other two continued to spread unchecked, the spokesman said. More than 400 fellow firefighters were on duty early in the evening.
The state police, water police and riot police were also deployed with some forces and supported the extinguishing work with helicopters and water cannons. The Bundeswehr had also sent three helicopters to put out the fire, all of which were in action during the evening. The fire spread from the Bohemian Switzerland National Park in the Czech Republic to the Saxon Switzerland National Park on Monday.
Large fire rages in Saxon Switzerland: Minister of the Environment calls the situation “devastating”
Update from 26 July at 17.45: Saxony’s Environment Minister Wolfram Günther has expressed his dismay at the forest fire in Saxon Switzerland. “The current forest fire season in Saxony is devastating,” the Green politician was quoted as saying in a statement on Tuesday: “This forest fire is a tragedy for the region and for all people who make a living from tourism.”
Günther appealed to the population and tourists to avoid the fire area and observe the entry ban. “We are experiencing the consequences of the climate crisis here with drought, heat and dried out forests,” he added.
Forest fire in the national park Saxon Switzerland: disaster alert for Bad Schandau
First report from July 26: Sebnitz/Bad Schandau – There are tragic images unfolding in the Saxon Switzerland National Park on the German-Czech border. After a forest fire in Bohemian Switzerland spread to the forests of Saxony on Monday (July 25th), around 250 rescue workers are currently on duty, constantly battling the flames with water cannons and helicopters.
While emergency services are still fighting the fire in five locations, a disaster alert has been issued for the town of Bad Schandau, which is located on the edge of the national park. According to a warning from the Saxon Switzerland-East Erzgebirge district office, all tourists should avoid the back areas of the park – there is a risk to life and limb.
60 children saved: holiday camps in the Czech part of the park were threatened by flames
As early as Monday (July 25), around 60 children were rescued from the national park. As spokeswoman for Ferienland eV in relation to Leipziger Volkszeitung confirmed, these come from Leipzig, Dresden, Halle and Chemnitz, among others. They were in a holiday camp in Ceska Kamenice in the Czech part of the park and were evacuated to Bad Schandau. The children are currently being looked after and looked after by the Johannite from Pirna and should be allowed to return home during the day.
Forest fire in Saxon Switzerland: Bundeswehr assures help
In addition to the more than 250 emergency response units that have been deployed since Tuesday morning, the Bundeswehr wants to send additional support. So far, one helicopter each from the state and federal police is in use, four more machines are to be added around Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for the Saxon Switzerland-East Erzgebirge district office announced. Meanwhile, other areas of Germany are battling wildfires, including Brandenburg. (laugh with dpa)