Forest fires in Europe are decreasing due to lower temperatures

The latest wave of wildfires in Europe subsided amid cooler temperatures, with no fires reported in Portugal as French firefighters began to put out two major fires.

At the end of last week, a fire was put out in Spain, as a result of which two people died. Spanish firefighters dealt with nine fires, two of which were especially dangerous in northwestern Galicia.

About 11,000 people evacuated from the fires in Spain began to return home, and two days later a major highway in the northwestern province of Zamora reopened.

High temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius and drought have exacerbated the wildfires in Spain this year. Spain’s highest temperature on Thursday is expected to be 32 degrees Celsius.

In France, after more than a week of fighting intense blazes around the clock with more than 2,000 firefighters and 10 water-dropping aircraft, firefighters have slowly fought two major fires in dry pine forests in southwest France.

The Gironde fire department said the fire was contained, leading to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

Although the fight against hot spots that could start a fire continues, the fire department said it expects to put out the flames and calm the fires within a few days. Officials said they were likely to be able to announce that the fires were completely extinguished within a few weeks.

Source: AP

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