Gerd Müller is a German firefighter at the US army air-base Spangdahlem in Rheinland-Pfalz. When he's not working, he spends his time running drills in full uniform in order to get in shape for the international Firefighter Challenges.
Three villages were evacuated in the northern German state of Brandenburg as 400 hectares of forest went up in flames outside Berlin. The fire ignited World War II and Soviet munitions dumped in the ground.
Dozens of people were injured after a fire broke out near railroad tracks in the drought-hit town of Siegburg. Dry conditions helped the blaze spread quickly to nearby houses, with firefighters facing a "wall of fire."
German authorities have warned that it could be some time until forest fires burning outside Berlin are extinguished. Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to the area, but strong winds are hampering their efforts.
Officials have started a probe into the cause of Tuesday's fire, which injured 32 and burnt nine houses in Siegburg. Normal rail service has resumed on one of Germany's key lines between Frankfurt Airport and Cologne.
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