Forest fires rage in scorching southwest Europe


A fire rages in the forest near the Cazaux pond in La Teste-de-Buch, France, on Saturday. The Gironde area of France is in the grip of two wildfires, which have already consumed 10,000ha. – EPA/Gironde Fire and Rescue Departmental Service handout, July 17, 2022.

A SUMMER heatwave that has triggered devastating forest fires across southwest Europe showed no signs of abating today, as parts of the continent readied for new temperature records early next week.

Firefighters in France, Portugal, Spain and Greece are battling forest blazes that have ravaged thousands of hectares of land and killed several personnel since the start of the week.


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