In the fight against the major fire on the Brocken in the Harz mountains, the Oker and Oder reservoirs have been released for refueling fire-fighting helicopters.
"Four to five fire-fighting helicopters are currently flying to the Okertalsperre, as it is closer to the fire area," said the Harzwasserwerke. "Our employees cleared the water surface at the weekend and are monitoring the removal," said company spokeswoman Marie Kleine.
The refueling of fire-fighting helicopters from dams is technically demanding. "We ask visitors to the Harz Mountains to avoid the area as far as possible so as not to impede the extinguishing measures," said Kleine. There is currently no danger to the drinking water supply from the extinguishing measures, she said.
Fire not yet under control
In some places, the fire is said to have spread further. In the morning, the district announced that the fire had not spread further during the night. The authorities therefore continue to assume a burning area totaling around 150 hectares (1.5 square kilometers). Fire-fighting planes and helicopters should take off in the morning.
To do this, the time window for the water drops would have to be coordinated, said the spokesman. Therefore, a second technical operations management from Goslar was set up. According to the district administration, the federal police and armed forces are providing support with mobile filling stations for refueling aircraft. The Braunschweig fire brigade and Braunschweig airport refuel the fire-fighting aircraft.
Cause of fire still unclear
The fire was discovered on Saturday around 2:30 p.m. on the so-called Goetheweg near the Goethebahnhof vantage point. The cause of the fire is still unclear. The Goetheweg to the Brocken is one of the most frequented hiking trails in the Harz National Park.
On Sunday, in addition to two Italian fire-fighting aircraft, five fire-fighting helicopters were also deployed. The district has declared a disaster. The authorities assume that the extinguishing work will continue for several days.