Valdgale firefighting efforts conclude

Rescue services will leave the location of the Valdgale fire, ongoing for several weeks, as there are no open fires at the location anymore, the State and Rescue Service (VUGD) told the press August 7.

Nevertheless, State Forest Service employees will remain on the spot to monitor the site for signs of fire or smoke.

"The work in extinguishing this peat and forest fire was long and arduous; however, currently the need for resources in monitoring the site is not as big, and therefore the control over the location has been handed to the State Forest Service," VUGD told the press. 

VUGD representative Zigmunds Jaunķiķis said a National Guard helicopter monitors the place, alongside people who walk the perimeter.

"Peat is tricky," he warned, saying that it's possible for the fire to reignite quickly as it smolders on below ground.

The Valdgale fire broke out late July 17. Villagers from the nearby Stikli were evacuated the next day.

The authorities have warned that only autumn rains could fully extinguish the peat and bog fire, seeing as peat can burn well below ground for long periods of time. 

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