Thousands of Europeans from many countries have been evacuated as wildfires are burning homes. The fire spread to Portugal, Spain, France and Croatia earlier this week. Helicopters are now being deployed to help put out the fire.
Around 10,000 people have been evacuated from camps around the southwestern French city of Landras. The fire has now reached about 5,300 hectares. More than 1,000 firefighters deployed 9 aerial bombardment planes to douse the fire. Local authority Fabine Buccio urged tourists planning to travel to the region to avoid the area for a few days or weeks.
A fire in western Spain has forced 49 children from a summer camp in the province of Salamanca. State officials say more than 4,000 hectares of land have burned.
A forest fire broke out on the Adriatic coast in Croatia. Firefighting planes drop water on the forest, and soldiers are called to help the firefighters. One man said, 55-year-old Arndt Dreste. Reuters After selling his house in Germany this year, he moved to his village. Now the house has been severely damaged in the fire. Arndt said…
“I bought this house in January… I was cut from Germany and here is my life… It was here.”
The fires across Europe follow a heatwave, with temperatures reaching as high as 40C in some areas. For most of Europe, this is the second heat of the summer.
Source: Reuters | Weather.com