TBILISI, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The massive forest fire that broke out a week ago in the Borjomi Gorge in Georgia has been extinguished, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Saturday.
Kvirikashvili said in Borjomi that a special headquarters that was set up to handle the fire remains in the gorge to monitor developments.
"Separate fire zones may still occur. Therefore special staff will continue working," the prime minister told local media.
Meanwhile, Kvirikashvili thanked all the people joining the fight "to save the wealth and beauty of our amazing forest."
According to the government, thousands of people have been engaged in the firefighting operation that started last Sunday, including 1,500 firefighters, rescuers and rangers as well as 1,000 soldiers from the Eastern Command of the Georgian Armed Forces.
Interior Minister Giorgi Mgebrishvili vowed to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire, which has damaged over 100 hectares of forest.