August 15, 2022

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Hot summer: Forest fires in France and Portugal

Status: 01.08.2022 10:44 am

Forest fires have broken out once again due to heatwaves in southern Europe. Hundreds of firefighters are on duty. Many of them are already injured. The heat wave continues.

France and Portugal have again seen several forest fires. According to the fire department, four emergency services were injured, one of them seriously, in a fire in southeast French Cordon on Sunday. The firefighter was taken to hospital with burns. In Portugal, around 400 firefighters were involved in a blaze north of Lisbon.

Around 350 hectares of land have been destroyed by a fire in south-eastern France. “We hope to have the fire under control by tomorrow,” fire department spokesman William Borelli said Sunday evening. South of Nîmes, the A9 motorway leading to Spain was partially closed due to heavy smoke. According to the Vinci Motorway Company, the route was again passable on Sunday evening.

The heat wave continues

According to the authorities, another fire, which spread over an area of ​​about 35 hectares, was brought under control near Marseille in the evening. France faces another heat wave next week. The south of the country will record temperatures of 35 to 39 degrees on Monday.

A heat wave of up to 40 degrees is expected to peak on Wednesday in the southwest. In mid-July, two large wildfires on the Atlantic coast in southwestern France destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of land.

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The fire brigade was also on duty in Portugal due to several forest fires. A large fire broke out on Sunday near the small town of Mafra, north of Lisbon, according to the civil protection authority. There, 400 firemen fought and extinguished the fire. A nursing home with 30 residents has been evacuated as a precaution, Civil Protection Commission spokesman Paulo Santos told Renaissance Radio.

According to Mafras Mayor Helder Souza Silva, the fire is largely under control. A total of 300 hectares were destroyed. According to media reports, eight forest fires are still active across Portugal.

1000 firemen are on duty

More than a thousand firefighters were deployed to tackle other fires in the north and central parts of the country. Temperatures have risen sharply in these areas over the weekend. A warning has been issued for parts of northern and central Portugal due to temperatures exceeding 40 degrees.

According to Portuguese media reports, the fire near the town of Urém, about 130 kilometers northeast of Lisbon, was brought under control in the morning.

According to the Portuguese Meteorological Center, the heat will last until at least Tuesday. According to preliminary data from the nature conservation organization ICNF, 58,000 hectares of land have already burned in Portugal since the beginning of the year.