30 more firefighters called to site of forest blaze

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In the third day of uninterrupted forest blaze not far away from the town of Talsi, an extra 30 firefighters have been called to the scene in addition to the current 60 fighting the fire, reports LSM and Latvian Radio July 20.

A wind-change is in the forecast, and there's a chance it will reignite smoldering peat and woods in the area.

"We've managed to contain the territory, but there are places in its boundaries that have yet to burn," said Fire and Rescue Service representative Kristaps Eklons.

More than a third of the Kurzeme region firefighters are involved in the action, with colleagues from Rīga and Vidzeme to arrive today. Locals are advised that there can be delays in fire brigades responding to calls. 

According to the EU's Copernicus earth observation program, more than 715 hectares of forest and bog have been consumed by flames.

The fire was first reported on the evening of July 17. On July 18 most residents of the village of Stikli were evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

A single fireman has been injured in the fire, which is contained away from residential areas. 

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