Fire officers expected to complete work at national park in coming days

Firefighters have brought a forest fire at the Bohemian Switzerland National Park in North Bohemia under control and it is no longer spreading. The area where the fire continues to burn has been reduced to 600 hectares, the head of the national fire service, Vladimír Vlček, said on Monday evening that his officers should be able to complete their work in the coming days. He said that it was not yet possible for locals to return to their homes in a number of villages in the area.

The fire has been one of the most extensive of its kind seen in Czechia and smoke from it could be smelled in many parts of the country.

Human carelessness is considered the most likely cause.

Author: Ian Willoughby