A forest fire in northeastern Germany has grown to 800 hectares in one day. About two hundred people had to be evacuated because of the fire hazard, and it is expected that hundreds more will have to flee from the fire.


The fire started Monday afternoon near the village of Rehfeld, south of Berlin, between Leipzig and Cottbus. Initially, the fire was about 10 hectares in size, but strong winds quickly spread the conflagration.

Seven firefighters were injured on Monday, and six of them had to be taken to hospital. In addition, a pig farm has gone up in flames, killing many animals.

There are also several wind turbines in the area that are threatened by the fire. About 400 men are working on getting the fire under control.

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