Higher winds fan flames of wildfire 70km from Berlin

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Higher winds have fanned the flames of a forest fire burning about 70 kilometres south-west of Berlin. Some 20 people from villages in the area have been evacuated, with others informed of an imminent evacuation. Earlier a fire brigade spokesperson said the wildfire’s area had spread to “around 100 to 110 hectares.” The fire had spread “towards the south/south-east,” the spokesperson said. The forest fire near the town of Treuenbrietzen in the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin, initially covered around 60 hectares on Friday and briefly went down to 40 hectares on Saturday. The fire …

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