Wildfires rage Europe amid heat wave, while the UK faces its hottest day ever
Wildfires have raged in France and Spain amid a heat wave, while Britain faces its hottest day on record.
Wildfires have burned thousands of hectares of forests in France and Spain, while Britain is experiencing its hottest day on record amid an intense heat wave, according to details. Where the temperature has reached 45 degree heat.
The most severe fire broke out in the southwestern region of France, Gironde.
A total of 14,300 hectares (35,000 acres) of land had burned as of Monday, with 24,000 people evacuated from the affected area, according to a tweet by Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Gironde prefectures.
Authorities have deployed 1700 firefighters to control the fire. According to the spokesperson of the Gironde Regional Fire and Rescue Service, 12 firefighters suffered minor injuries during the operation.
Wildfires in Spain engulfed the central region of Castile and Leon and the northern region of Galicia on Sunday, according to a foreign news agency. Firefighters tackled the blaze in Mijas, in southeastern Malaga province, and said evacuees could return to their homes.
According to data from the National Meteorological Institute, the drought that started before the heat wave in Portugal has intensified. At the end of June, about 96 percent of the mainland was already in severe drought.