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Firefighters from all over Europe battle ‘monster’ blaze in France as others burn in Portugal, Germany and Spain

For the third consecutive day, firefighters from across Europe were deployed to fight the wildfire in southwest France.

29 sq. miles of land were destroyed by the fire in Gironde and Landes, which has resulted in damage to around 7,000 hectares.

At least 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes by 360 firefighters and 100 vehicles from Germany, Romania and Poland to extinguish the flames.

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Two specialist aircrafts were also sent by Greece, and two Air Tractor firefighting planes from Sweden were deployed to assist with wildfires in Brittany.

Gregory Allione, a member of France’s firefighting organization, the FNSPF described it as either an “ogre” (or a “monster”)

Image The’monster wildfire’ in Gironde (France) is being fought by planes.
Image: Gironde, southwestern France

Rural fires have been raging across the continent due to hot August temperatures and prolonged periods without rain.

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Portugal: 1,500 firefighters are on the sixth day of putting out a fire in the central Covilha area that has charred 40 miles. This includes parts of the Serra da Estrela National Park.

An electrical storm has caused a forest fire in Caceres to erupt, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate. It happened just across the border in Spain.

Image: Wildfires in Videmonte, Celorico da Beira, Portugal
Image Smoke rising from fires in Videmonte (Portugal

Alpine cattle are airlifted water by helicopters

In the Alps, Swiss army helicopters were deployed to transport water to goats, pigs, and cows whose usual water sources have dried up.

Other parts of France see trucks having to transport water to villages far from the main supply. Nuclear power stations are allowed to continue pumping hot water into rivers, but they have been granted waivers.

Image Forest fires in Czech Switzerland National Park, Czech Republic have caused damage.

The Rhine River in Germany is so low that shipping and freight operations are disrupted.

As a precaution, Palermo’s mayor demanded that tourists travelling on the Italian island Sicily give their horses at least 10 litres per day.

Image Flames and smoke from a wildfire at Caceres in Spain
Image: The smoke from the fires in Saxony Anhalt, Germany

Droughts have been also declared in large parts of England and are expected to decrease the EU’s maize harvest by 15 percent this year.

This would lead to a 15-year low yield and soaring prices due to the war in Ukraine.

Experts have urged governments to protect their water supplies, and to preserve agricultural sectors in order to avoid further chaos.


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