Forest fires rage in Bohemia Switzerland National Park

Hundreds of firefighters continue their efforts to tackle a forest fire that has been burning in the Bohemia Switzerland National Park in the Czech Republic for a week. About 1,100 hectares have been destroyed so far.

About 700 emergency service workers are on site, including Swedish firefighters who arrived in the Czech Republic on Friday to help use the firefighting planes. Slovakia, Poland and Italy also provided assistance.

A firefighter was seriously injured while working on the fire on Saturday afternoon after falling off a cliff. A helicopter took him to the hospital. He is not in danger of life. Two other firefighters were injured on the same day and taken to medical attention.

According to Martina Gutzova, a spokeswoman for the Hradec Kralove district fire brigade, they have deployed all the aviation equipment they have to deal with the fires. This includes six helicopters and five aircraft.

However, there is some optimism. Some areas have been completely evacuated and 500 people forced to evacuate Visoka Lipa have been allowed to return. The local fire brigade is also making progress in reducing fires.

In the nearby Saxon Protectorate of Switzerland in Germany, authorities are also dealing with fires. Several new sources were reported on Sunday.

In Bernsdorf, in Upper Lusatia, the police are investigating whether a forest fire, which has now been put out, may have been an arson.

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