Large forest fire raging near Talsi

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More than a square kilometer of Latvia is engulfed in flames as a fire is raging at the Valdgale parish in Talsi Municipality, the Fire and Rescue Service told the press July 18.

Forests and peat are burning in the area, in central-western Latvia, with the flames rapidly spreading, exacerbated by the dry and windy weather, the service said. 

Nevertheless no one is in danger as there are no houses nearby.

"It's a very boggy place that's difficult to approach. But firemen have successfully made it to the location, including [specialists of] the State Forestry Service," said Inta Palkavniece, a representative of the service.

A fire warning is in force across all of Latvia, with people asked not to start fires near woods as even a single strike of a match can have disastrous consequences. 

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