Film from Poland shows Szczecin district June 18 as 15 fire brigades, military detachments, militia and civilians were mobilized to fight a roaring forest blaze.
LV. Forest, smoke etc.
LV. Men running towards scene.
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CU. Flames on ground.
SV. Burning tree, smoke etc.
SV. Men scatter onto flames.
CV. Shovelling earth on to flames.
SLV. Shovelling earth on to flames.
CU. Burning tree.
LV. Fire, girl runs towards it.
CU. Men beating burning trees.
SV. Shovelling earth on to burning trees.
CU. Shovelling earth on to flames.
SV. Man shovels earth.
CU. Young deer held in arms of Red Cross man.
CU.PAN. Ammunition lying on ground.
CU. Men and girls shovelling, over to burning tree.
SV. Burning twigs at base of tree, fire fighters at work.
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Background: Film from Poland shows Szczecin district June 18 as 15 fire brigades, military detachments, militia and civilians were mobilized to fight a roaring forest blaze.
A long drought and strong winds helped the flames to spread quickly over large wooded areas near the German border. Hundreds of animals - hares, boars and deer - died in the inferno. Scattered ammunition, left over from the last war, exploded, adding fuel to the raging refire.
Early reports estimated at least 1500 acres of woodland completely destroyed in the holocaust. The main blaze is now under control but smaller fires are reported still blazing in several places.
Official sources say the fire may have been started by flying sparks from a tractor's exhaust.