After six days, we were able to successfully complete our mission at the forest fire in the Harz mountains on Friday evening.
In addition to leading the air section for coordinating the firefighting water drops by the firefighting aircraft and helicopters, we also support with some experienced task forces as multipliers and technical advisors.
They guided the firefighters in extinguishing pockets of embers and the post-extinguishing work, and supported them in the strenuous work of clearing the floor with hand tools.
The fire had spread to a total of 160 hectares, partly underground.
1,800 firefighters from Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony were deployed in turn.
The Federal Armed Forces, the Federal Police, the THW, the Saxony-Anhalt police and the forest fire team were also on site.
Together we managed to stop and fight the fire. Thus, the emergency could be withdrawn this morning and the responsible forces on site now take over the fire watch and the last post-extinguishing work.
We would like to thank the command, the administration, as well as all forces involved in the operation, who supported us in the area of operation as well as in the background, for the great cooperation.