Schwerin (dpa/mv) - The fire brigades in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are expecting an increasing number of operations due to the drought and heat. Among other things, one assumes more vegetation fires due to harvest work or careless behavior and an increasing number of heat victims, the state fire brigade association announced on Tuesday.
The German Weather Service (DWD) expects temperature peaks of up to 38 degrees in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Wednesday. Irrespective of this, the soils have been exceptionally dry for a long time, especially on the other side of the border with Brandenburg. The longer high temperatures persist, the more moisture evaporates from the soil and vegetation. This could also increase the risk of fire in this country.
However, one is well prepared: "The weather reports do not produce any special precautions or preparatory measures, since the operational readiness is always given by the constant training of the team and the maintenance and maintenance of the technology," said the fire brigades.
The state forests already marked the forest fire danger for the south-western regions around Jasnitz and Sandhof on Tuesday with forest fire warning levels 4 and 5, so they indicate high and very high dangers. From the point of view of the fire brigades in the country, however, the forest offices are well positioned, including modern fire lookout towers that keep cameras in view of the endangered areas.
Overall, the fire brigade association reports an increasing number of operations over the past few years, which certainly has something to do with climate change. "In autumn and winter there are storms and in spring and summer there is severe drought and an increased risk of fire," it said.