Fires devastate French forests off the Atlantic

A 1,000 firefighters battled 10 water-dropping planes to put out two fires in the Bordeaux region of southwest France that forced the evacuation of 10,000 people and devastated pine forests off the Atlantic coast.

High temperatures and strong winds have made it difficult to fight fires in the region, one of several in Europe that have experienced wildfires this season. There have been no reports of casualties in the French fires so far, although several houses and cars have been damaged.

The regional emergency service said the fires have devastated more than 7,000 hectares of land, noting that as the fires continue into their fourth day on Friday, one of the fires has been partially contained, but warned that over the weekend could further complicate efforts. .

Portugal has been hit by wildfires this week. On Thursday, more than 3,000 firefighters fought alongside ordinary Portuguese desperately trying to save their homes from the many wildfires raging across the country, caused by rising temperatures and drought.

In the Spanish city of Seville, one of the hottest places in Europe this week, some unions called for workers to be sent home. Temperatures in many parts of Spain have topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for several days and are expected to continue into next week.

The weather bureau warned on Friday that record temperatures expected next week pose a serious health threat.

Source: AP

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