Offbeat: forest fire in the Czech Republic continues to rage to around 1000 hectares

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Despite increased efforts by the fire brigade, the forest fire in the Czech National Park Böhmische Switzerland has expanded on an area of ​​around 1000 hectares. "Because of the demanding terrain, the work is progressing relatively slowly," said a spokeswoman for the emergency services on Sunday on public television CT.

Ein Feuerwehrmann steht in einem niedergebrannten Waldstück. © Hájek Vojtìch/CTK/dpa A fireman is in a burnted forest. So around 750 firefighters were deployed. Additional forces had been brought together from all over the Czech to intensify the operation. New embers are repeatedly discovered. The Bohemian Switzerland National Park with its rocky landscape borders on Saxon Switzerland, where it also burns. six helicopters and five fire -fighting aircraft were used after the morning fog. So far, eight emergency services have been injured on the Czech side, several of them seriously. "This shows that we really move in a dangerous area," said the spokeswoman.

parts of the forest area are difficult to access - including areas on the German -Czech border and the so -called deep valley. Access to large parts of the National Park area has now been banned to keep on spectators. The police stopped three hikers near the Prebischtor. The sandstone rock gate is considered the landmark of the national park.

The forest fire broke out a week ago and is considered one of the largest in the country's history. It is believed that human negligence has led to the fire.

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