Arson suspected as blaze ravages Veluwe

8th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — Police suspect a blaze that destroyed at least 100 hectares of pine trees, heather and grass land in the Veluwe region near Uddel was started deliberately.

8 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — Police suspect a blaze that destroyed at least 100 hectares of pine trees, heather and grass land in the Veluwe region near Uddel was started deliberately.

A spokesperson said there was no other "demonstrable reason" why the fire began spontaneously on Saturday. Witnesses have been asked to come forward to report anything suspicious.

Five units of the Fire Brigade were still busy dampening down the area on Monday.

Apeldoorn Municipality, of which Uddel is a part, said the N344 between Apeldoorn and Uddel would remain closed on Monday as the road surface was still smouldering. 

The authorities called in 28 units of the Fire Brigade and a Chinook military helicopter to help extinguish the fire on Saturday. The massive Chinook was equipped with a container that holds 10,000 litres of water to drop on the flames. It made a total of 10 trips.

The Veluwe is a forest-rich ridge of hills in the province of Gelderland. The country's largest national park, De Hoge Veluwe, lies in the centre of the area.

  • a major fire broke on heathland next to the Franse Kampweg in Bussum at midday on Monday. Eighty firefighters from Bussum and Hilversum were brought in to tackle the blaze and it was under control by 4pm.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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