Wildfires in Switzerland’s Bohemian National Park are raging

Hundreds of firefighters continue their efforts to fight a forest fire that has been burning for a week in the Czech Republic’s Bohemian National Park. So far, about 1100 hectares have been destroyed.

Some 700 rescue workers are on site, including Swedish firefighters who arrived in the Czech Republic on Friday to help use firefighting planes. Slovakia, Poland and Italy also provided assistance.

A firefighter was seriously injured while working on the blaze on Saturday afternoon after falling from a cliff. A helicopter transported him to the hospital. He is not in mortal danger. Two other firefighters were also injured the same day and taken for medical consultation.

According to Martina Gotzová, spokesperson for the Hradec Kralove region fire department, they have deployed all the aeronautical equipment they have to fight the fires. This includes six helicopters and five planes.

However, there is some optimism. Some areas were liberated and the 500 people who had to evacuate Vysoká Lípa were allowed to return. Local firefighters are also making progress in reducing fires.

In the nearby Saxon Switzerland nature reserve in Germany, authorities are also dealing with fires. Many new sources were reported on Sunday.

In Bernsdorf, Upper Lusatia, the police are investigating whether a fire in a forest, now extinct, could be arson.