Temporary bridge to help fight nature park blaze - MoD

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Military engineers will build a temporary bridge to improve access to Biebrza National Park where firefighters have been battling a massive fire that has razed some 6,000 hectares of Poland's biggest nature reserve.

The bridge will be built on the Biebrza River near Wrocen, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Wrocen is a village on the southern end of the Biebrza National Park, a 59,000-hectare nature reserve in north-eastern Poland, located close to the border with Belarus and Lithuania. The park protects valuable marshland and peat bogs which are home to a range of rare bird species, as well as elk.

The temporary river crossing will help firefighters and soldiers put out the fire, Blaszczak also said.

The fire started on Sunday evening and has consumed about 6,000 hectares of park. Several hundred people are battling the blaze, including firefighters, territorial defence forces and park rangers. Local police, border guard and residents are also assisting the operation.