Large forest fire hits eastern Germany, wind farm at risk

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Evacuations were ordered after a large forest fire broke out in eastern Germany on Monday with a wind farm also affected. The fire spread from an initial area of 10 hectares to about 100 hectares very quickly, the Elbe-Elster district council announced, with the blaze setting light to fields and not just woodland. The fire – between the cities of Leipzig and Cottbus – has been classified as a major incident and about 200 residents of the village of Rehfeld were evacuated on Monday evening. Several hundred more people in other communities nearby were potentially facing the same order in the com…

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