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Arresting wildfire images of a Europe still ablaze

Europe continues to be scorched by violent wildfires.

For the second day, hundreds of firefighters battle to control a large wildfire that raged outside of Athens. Meanwhile, fires continue in France and Spain. These are some of the most alarming photos.

The climate crise has accelerated wildfire season by approximately two weeks across the globe. This is mainly due to the creation of tinderbox conditions by extreme heat and dryness.

Other human activities such as forest management or accidental ignition also play a part.



Nearly 500 firefighters responded to the fire near Athens on Wednesday. The smoke engulfed the skyline of Athens, turning it black on Tuesday.

Two people were admitted to hospital with minor burns and breathing problems.

Local officials reported that several houses were set on fire by the flames around Mount Penteli. It is located 25 km (16 miles) northeast from the Greek capital.

Image A woman covers herself as a wildfire rages in Pallini near Athens, Greece
Image Firefighters extinguish wildfires in Pallini, Greece
Image Firefighting helicopter drops water as wildfires burn in Athens’ Pikermi neighborhood.
Image Canadair plane makes a water drop in Athens’ Pikermi, Greece


Jose Luiz Gutierrez is the Fire Director of the Castillo de Leon District in northwestern Spain. He told Hannah Thomas-Peter by Sky News that the fire season has been getting worse due to climate change.

He explained how it started earlier in the year and how this particular year has been fuelled in part by high heat, winds, and drought.

He stated that the severe conditions were “completely novel” to his firefighters, even those who had been working the job for over 40 years.

Image Firefighters at the scene of a wildfire in Spain during the second heatwave. Faramontanos de Tabara (Spain)
Image This photo captures the human suffering of fires. A woman gestures to firefighters as she tackles a wildfire in Faramontanos de Tabara (Spain).
Image People work nearby to put out a fire when wildfires approach a house
Image After a forest fire, a dead goat is found on the ground in San Martin de Tabara (north-west Spain


A man was taken into custody by investigators who are investigating the deliberate lighting of the wildfire that has erupted in southwest France.

One of the fires that ripped through forests south of Bordeaux is believed to have been deliberately started. According to the Bordeaux prosecutor’s office, a motorist claimed that he pulled over before trying unsuccessfully extinguish the flames.

Two massive fires that ate tinder-dry pine forest forests in the Gironde region, southwest France, have also forced thousands of people from their homes and summer vacation spots to flee their homes since 12 July.

Image The flames of a fire have torched the trees at a campsite that was destroyed by a large fire in Pyla–sur-Mer
Image This motorcycle was set on fire by Girdonde in the Pyla-sur-Mer area.

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