Officials: Wildfire contained to area of 1,000 hectares

Fire officers fighting a blaze at the Bohemian Switzerland national park in the north of the country say they have now contained it to an area of around 1,000 hectares. Fire brigades have been on the scene since Sunday with officials saying the wildfire, which has led to evacuations and the destruction of some homes, was most likely caused by human carelessness.

Earlier in the week smoke from the fire could be smelled over large parts of Czechia, including Prague, which is 100 kilometres away from the national park.

Author: Ian Willoughby