Wildfire on German military training site contaminated with ammunition


Berlin, July 5 (BNA): Strong winds fanned the flames of a huge fire at a German military training site known to contain large amounts of ammunition, causing it to double in size, officials said.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that the fire near Gutterbug, south of Berlin, had been burning for days as authorities scrambled to stop it from reaching nearby villages.

Firefighters have cleared large swathes of land to contain the blaze, officials said, but are avoiding the training grounds themselves, where several explosions were heard on Monday.

Weeks of dry weather have increased the risk of wildfires in eastern Germany, with some areas on the second-highest alert level.

Meteorologists say that the expectation of rain in the coming days may reduce the risk of wildfires breaking out again.

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