International Firefighting Effort
WILDFIRES ARE RARE IN BELGIUM and large wildfires are almost unheard of. A grass fire started Monday evening around 5 pm in the Fagnes region, located in the east near the German border. By Tuesday morning it had spread into the Grand Forest Bongard said Marc Cambresy, commander in charge of fire management operations.
The fire kept popping up in different locations in the hardwood and connifer forest while firefighters from Germany and Flanders arrived to assist the Belgian companies. Just before midnight Monday, two new fires were located and the police believe that they were set. "We do not yet know the origin of the fire ravaging the Fens but it seems like it gave ideas to others or a single person is responsible for this disaster, " Police said.
By Tuesday afternoon the situation had become more complicated because of strong, shifting winds that kept driving the flames in different directions. Two helicopters arrived from Germany Tuesday afternoon to aid the 330 firefighters working with 70 fire engines.
While they had initially expected the blaze to continue through until Wednesday, they were able to contain it by Tuesday evening and it is being reported out now.
Euronews filed this video taken from their helicopter:
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