Gallery: Wind, terrain hamper Klooga bog firefighters ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Emergency services extinguished a forest fire at Klooga bog (Klooga Raba), Harju County, on Sunday evening. The fire's full extent was around 120 hectares, and it is the second large-scale forest fire to break out over the weekend.

The fire started on Saturday afternoon, and was extinguished by about 5.30 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters were hampered both by changeable winds and inaccessible terrain.

A first section required the use of all-terrain vehicles; a change in wind direction saw the fire spread to the southwest, which necessitated a second firefighting sector.

Both full-time Rescue Board personnel and volunteer firefighters were drafted in from surrounding areas, including Haapsalu, Kehra, Keila, Kose and Paldiski, as well as Saku, Tabasalu and Muraste, near Tallinn, and the capital itself.

A Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) helicopter was also involved, as well as an Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (Sisekaitseakadeemia) drone (see gallery and video below).

 

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Klooga põlenguala kaart. Autor/allikas: Päästeamet

A second fire broke out Sunday afternoon in the village of Maima, Pärnu County. Rescue efforts continued Monday morning.

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