Large forest fire hits eastern Germany, wind farm at risk

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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 700 residents of local villages are being prepared for evacuation. Temperatures in eastern Germany were well over 30 degrees Celsius on Monday. The smoke is visible over a wide distance. At least one wind turbi…

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