Big bog fire in Sigulda municipality, Latvia

Forests and bogs are currently in flames in several places in Latvia due to the heat and drought. State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) said this year's biggest fire is currently tearing through a forest and bog in Lēdurga parish, Sigulda municipality.

Since Monday, July 26 morning, dozens of firefighters are working at the scene. It is not yet known how wide the burning area is, but it was estimated Tuesday afternoon that the area is at least 80 hectares. Firefighters are still working at the scene on Tuesday, July 27.

It is not known what caused the fire but the State Forest Service assumes it could have been irresponsible activity by berry-pickers. 

National Armed Forces and State Border Guard helicopters and VUGD's drones are also used for extinguishing and monitoring the fire.





Since Sunday, July 25, firefighters are also working at a peat bog fire in Renda parish, Kuldīga municipality, as well as in smaller areas in Ādaži municipality and Aizkraukle municipality Skrīveri parish.

Due to extreme weather conditions, fire risks in forests are increasing. One spark can quickly destroy the forest over several hectares. The State Forest Service has already called on the residents not to go in the forest during the hot weather, because it is the reckless behavior of people that is one of the main causes of fires.

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