Mirow/Schwerin (dpa/mv) - Heavy rain at the weekend significantly reduced the risk of fire in the forests and on the fields of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. As the state forest institute in Malchin (Mecklenburg Lake District) announced on Monday, level three of a total of five danger levels only applies in the Sandhof forestry office near Parchim. This primarily affects the Nossentiner-Schwinzer Heide (Ludwigslust-Parchim) and southern parts of the district of Rostock.
Warning level two applies in four other southern forestry offices, including Mirow. In Mirow, which is also responsible for the Müritz National Park, the highest level five had applied until the weekend, in some neighboring forest offices the second highest level four.
Especially in the south of Mecklenburg and in Western Pomerania it had hardly rained since March. A number of fires had already broken out, including in an ammunition-loaded forest near Neustrelitz and in Rastow near Schwerin. There was also a fire in Northwest Mecklenburg, but the police are looking for arsonists here.
The risk of forest fires is particularly low in the three northern Baltic Sea regions and the eastern forestry office in Torgelow in Western Pomerania, where the dry sandy locations and heat traditionally lead to higher fire risks. According to the Schwerin Ministry of the Environment, 22 camera locations monitor around 291,000 hectares of forest, around 52 percent of the total forest area. Lead forest office is Mirow. In 2021, the State Forest Agency reported 30 forest fires that destroyed an area of more than 15.5 hectares of forest.