Weather experts put parts of Germany on high alert for forest fires

What are the weather conditions that put parts of Germany on high alert for forest fires? We ask Andreas Friedrich from the German Weather Service.

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Continued dry weather conditions in Germany are leading to an increased risk for forest fires, according to weather experts. Andreas Friedrich from the Deutscher Wetterdienst, or German Weather Service, says the eastern parts of Germany, including Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt, are on high alert for forest fires.

The main cause for the forest fires, according to Friedrich, is the low precipitation rates in these areas during the last few weeks. Dry conditions coupled with high winds set the stage for forest fires, Friedrich says, but temperature is not a main contributing factor. Berlin, due to its lack of large forest space, is not currently considered a hot spot.

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