Nationally protected bogs were also affected by the reed fire in Fonyód.

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127 hectares of reeds burned over the weekend in Berek, on the border of Fonyód, 70-80 percent of which are nationally protected bogs, BalatonThe head of the area belonging to the Directorate of the Highland National Park on Monday to contact the MTI.

According to the report of the nature conservation expert, the fire in the Natura 2000 area was of "amazing intensity", leaving only ashes behind. Vegetation and small animals and reptiles, including amphibians that were laying eggs, all fell prey to the fire, but no carcasses of larger animals were found. Birds and larger animals living in the area were able to escape.
He also said that - because of the wild boars - the people putting out the flames from several sides had to warn each other several times. The fire also reached a bald eagle nest, which already had eggs in it. The highly protected bird has since returned to its intact treetop nest to continue breeding, but it will not be known until three weeks later whether the eggs were damaged.
György Rozner also reported that two years ago, a huge fire broke out in almost the same place. Back then - in April - the vegetation was burned in a much larger area than now, and the eggs of the nesting birds were lost there.
The head of the landscape unit explained that the fire was not caused by spontaneous combustion, which can occur on peaty soil in dry summers. As he said, the fire investigation is still ongoing, but it is clear that the current fire also started from the houses. "First spring weekend, cleaning, with bonfire" - he indicated the probable causes. He added that it is almost impossible to prove who could have caused the fire, although the drone photos clearly show where the funnel-shaped flames started.
"The damage caused could only be estimated if someone had previously assessed the values ​​in the area," said György Rozner, mentioning that a high-rise building also burned down.
According to the earlier announcement of the disaster management, more than fifty firefighters managed to put out the fire that started on Saturday afternoon in 11 hours. The intervention was made difficult by the wind that picked up from time to time and the marshy, swampy, difficult to walk area. Police, civil guards and national park workers also got involved in the vaccination work.

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