Rain helps quench flames at military zone

The fire that was raging June 10 through June 11 at the Ādaži military field has been quenched with the help of rainfall.

That's what State Forestry Service rep Zigmuns Jaunķiķis told LTV June 12. Leonīds Kalniņš, the country's senior military officer, confirmed to Latvian Radio that the fire has been put out. 

Jaunķiķis said that the rain was especially helpful in locations where the fire was burning with an open flame. Firefighters fought the fire until late in Monday, and work at preventing the fire from reigniting from sparks of smoldering coal is to continue on Tuesday. 

The owner of the local Priežkalni farm said that he had taken animals away from his farm, and that he's worried horses and sheep might have suffered from the smoke. He also claims there was lack of coordination as he had to find out details about the fire on his own or from his friends, personally addressing firemen and military personnel. 

Kalniņš, however, denied that there was lack of information, but admitted that locals couldn't be informed in person due to lack of manpower. 

Dzintris Kolāts, the editor-in-chief of a local daily, told Latvian Radio that it's already clear that the Ādaži heath, located in the military field, has suffered terrible damage. It is home to several species of rare bird, like the European roller. 

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