A large-scale bog fire in the Emsland kept the fire brigade busy at the weekend. Several hundred emergency services were on site – but now there is an all-clear. However, residents had to leave their homes.
After a fire broke out in a large moor area in the Emsland near Papenburg, emergency personnel brought the fire under control. There are only a few embers nests left, said a spokesman for the police in Papenburg. The fire department is on site with a fire guard.
An evacuation of several houses adjacent to the moor area has been lifted in the meantime, but then initiated again as a precaution. A collective accommodation was provided as a precaution. According to the police, the ten residents stayed with friends and acquaintances.
The fire broke out late Saturday afternoon in the Aschendorf nature reserve south of Papenburg. According to police reports from Sunday morning, an area of 320,000 square meters was affected. Initially, it was assumed to be around 40,000 square meters. The fire brigade in the Emsland district had moved in with 200 emergency services.