Wildfires in Europe abate as temperatures start to decline

Europe’s recent wildfires have cooled, with no outbreaks reported in Portugal, French firefighters battling two major blazes and Spain tackling a blaze that killed two people.

Spanish firefighters are tackling nine blazes, two of which are said to be particularly dangerous in northwest Galicia.

More than 11,000 people evacuated from Spain’s wildfires began returning home, and a major highway in northwestern Zamora state reopened two days later.

A firefighting plane dropped water near Tabara in northwestern Spain

Temperatures above 40C and drought have exacerbated Spain’s wildfires this year. Thursday’s maximum temperature in Spain is forecast to be 32C.

2,000 firefighters and up to 10 watercraft are battling two large wildfires in the dry pine forests of southwestern France after more than a week of raging blazes in France.

Both fires, which forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from their villages, have been brought under control, the Gironde regional fire department announced.

Although still battling hot spots that could fuel the blaze, the fire service said it expects to contain the blaze within days and bring the blaze under control.

Officials say they may be able to declare the fire completely out within weeks.

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