Forest fires in Portugal

Forest fires in Portugal

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Unfortunately, the extremely high temperatures were the causing factor behind the fires that hit the Iberian Peninsula, resulting severe human loses. In Portugal, 64 people died in huge forest fires, while in Spain 1,500 people were forced to evacuate by forest blazes caused by the extreme weather conditions.

In June 2017, Portugal faced one of the most tragic forest fires in its history. The fire in Pedrógão Grande ravaged 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of forest, killed 64 people and injured more than 250. Many of those who died were killed in their cars as they were trying to flee the flames.

According to the Guardian, more than 1500 forest firefighters were battling to control the wildfires, and many European countries like Spain and France sent forces to assist the efforts. (https://goo.gl/zL5Agf)

Sources: The Guardian, BBC, Express.co.uk

 

Forest fires Spain

Forest fires Spain

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On the 24th of June a fire started in Spain in Moguer region in Huelva, Andalucía.

The fire forced the reallocation of more than 2.000 people and threatened an UNESCO World Heritage site of more than 107.000 hectares of extreme ecological value and endangered species.

Over 550 firefighters, soldiers and police officers with the support of 21 air units are combating this blaze.

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Sources: Express.co.uk

Fires in France and Southern Europe

Fires in France and Southern Europe

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On the 26th of June wildfires were once again blazing across southern Europe, forcing the evacuation of 12,000 people on France’s Mediterranean cost along with sudden forests fires as far afield as Corsica, Portugal, Italy and Albania.

In the Côte d’Azur region, more than 4,000 firefighters and troops backed by 19 water-bombers were mobilized to confront the flames.At least 12 firefighters were injured and 15 police officers were affected by smoke inhalation. According to the authorities, thousands of people were decided to move out of tents, campsites and holiday homes to save zones that were created around the affected areas.

Overall, there have been 1,068 blazes in 2017 across Europe – a huge increase on the 404 annually on average over the previous eight years. According to the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, global warming was the major factor behind the increase of deadly fires and climate change had extended the wildfire season from two to up to five months.

The European Forest Institute has warned that “we’ll see more fires and more intense fires in the Mediterranean and new fire situations in countries that don’t really expect it”.

Sources: The Guardian, Euronews