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Three helicopters join fight against forest fire near Poprad

Fire fighters are gradually succeeding in bringing a big forest fire under control above the village of Spišské Bystré in the Kozie Chrbty mountain range in northern Slovakia as three helicopters joined the fire fighting efforts on the morning of November 28, the SITA newswire reported.

Fire fighters are gradually succeeding in bringing a big forest fire under control above the village of Spišské Bystré in the Kozie Chrbty mountain range in northern Slovakia as three helicopters joined the fire fighting efforts on the morning of November 28, the SITA newswire reported.

Two armed forces helicopters and one helicopter from the Interior Ministry are fighting the fire from the air. Poprad fire fighters are also getting help from colleagues from the towns of Kežmarok, Levoča and Humenné, with 86 fire fighters involved in all.

There are twelve fire trucks on site, said Ondrej Šproch, the director of the District Fire-fighters and Rescue Corps in Poprad. The scope of the fire that started on Sunday has remained unchanged, covering an area of 50 to 80 hectares. It is expected that the fire fighters will manage to bring the fire under control on November 29 if there are no problems with weather or mishaps, Šproch told the TASR newswire.

Source: SITA, TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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