Stefan Sternberg, who heads the district administration, said some 600 hectares (1483 acres) of forest and brush are affected. Sternberg said firefighters managed overnight to contain the fire and are now planning to go "on the attack." Water's being diverted from the Elbe river and the military has deployed helicopters to tackle the blaze.
Germany has seen little rain lately during a Europe-wide heat wave. Authorities say the wildfire risk is strongest in the northeast.