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    Fire in Adazi spreads outside training grounds as wind gathers strength

    RIGA, June 11 (LETA) - The fire that started in the Adazi training grounds on Sunday spread outside the restricted training area today as the wind increased, LETA was told at the State Forest Service.

    Although firefighters had succeeded in containing the flames at one point today, the blaze started spreading again as the wind gathered strength, so the rescue works resumed with increased intensity in the afternoon.

    Fighting the fire in Adazi are personnel and transport equipment of State Forest Service and the State Fire and Rescue Service and troops and a helicopter of the National Armed Forces are involved in the operation as well. The helicopter can carry up to three tons of water in a special container.

    The fire extinguishing operation is being organized in shifts. At this point, it is not clear how much time will be needed to put out the fire as it depends on weather conditions.

    The State Forest Service is coordinating the rescue works in cooperation with the State Fire and Rescue Service and the National Armed Forces, with home guards, allied troops and volunteer firefighters also providing assistance.

    “At this point the most important task is to stop the fire from spreading and to put it out,” said State Forest Service representative Zigmunds Jaunkikis, adding that the exact scale of the fire damage will be established later, when the fire is extinguished.

    • Published: 11.06.2018 18:01
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