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Rome (AP) – To support the fight against the forest fire on the Brocken in the Harz Mountains, Italy has sent two fire-fighting aircraft to Germany . The Canadair CL 415 machines took off in Rome on Sunday afternoon and made their way to Braunschweig-Wolfsburg Airport, as announced by the Italian civil defense.
The fire brigade aircraft, which can hold and drop more than 6,000 liters of water, have been requested as part of the European aid project “RescEU-IT” via the central coordination office in Brussels. Italy regularly provides its EU partners with planes and pilots to fight forest fires.
A forest fire has spread further below the Brocken summit in the Harz Mountains . The district administrator declared the emergency. Five fire-fighting helicopters and more than 300 emergency services fought the flames, and a good 50 police officers secured the area.
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