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Lake Mladost fire near Veles still burning; strong winds fan flames

The forest fire that erupted on Monday above Lake Mladost near Veles is still burning near Bashino village and the Dine landfill, according to the Crisis Management Center.

Skopje, 26 August 2019 (MIA) – The forest fire that erupted on Monday above Lake Mladost near Veles is still burning near Bashino village and the Dine landfill, according to the Crisis Management Center.

Pine trees, thorns, and thistle are burning in the fire, which is being extinguished by firefighters from Veles, Negotino, Kavadarci, Shtip, Sveti Nikole, and Skopje.

Two fire protection aircraft and an army helicopter were also fighting the flames until nightfall.

No hotels or vacation homes were damaged, and no casualties were reported.

Earlier this evening, four construction workers from Veles who had been using an angle grinder were arrested under suspicion of causing the fire.

“The persons are being questioned, and they will be turned over to a public prosecutor,” a source from the Veles police told MIA.

Skopje-Veles traffic, which had been rerouted between the Bashino village exit and the Veles city exit, is back to normal, according to the Auto-Moto Union of Macedonia. /mr

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