Zempin (dpa/mv) - Unknown people caused a forest fire in the coastal forest on the island of Usedom. As a police spokesman said on Wednesday, a young pine forest in the dune area on the Baltic Sea near Zempin (West Pomerania-Greifswald) caught fire on Tuesday evening. Several fire brigades were able to extinguish the fire before the flames reached the high forest, through which bike paths also run. The responsible forester estimated that pine trees and undergrowth burned on around 1000 square meters and gave the property damage at around 20,000 euros.
Zempin is counted towards the northern half of the island of Usedom. There have been several fires there since 2021, in which holiday homes with thatched roofs, such as in Karlshagen and Trassenheide, were destroyed. According to the police, these cases have not yet been solved.
After the last rains in July, the risk of forest fires in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is not as high as in early summer. On the holiday island of Usedom and in the entire south-east to Güstrow there is a warning level of 3 out of 5, i.e. a medium risk of fire. Warning level 2 prevails in all other forest offices.