Southern Europe battles wildfires

ATHENS — Wildfires burned in areas throughout Southern Europe on Monday, fueled by scorching climate and robust winds, as some northern international locations cleaned up after a weekend of torrential rain and flooding.

In Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated firefighters had battled round 50 fires throughout the previous 24 hours and it was doubtless there can be extra with meteorologists warning {that a} additional warmth wave was in prospect.

“I wish to emphasize that August stays a troublesome month,” he stated. “That’s the reason it is vital for all of us, all state companies, to be on absolute alert till the firefighting interval is formally over.”

Fireplace service officers stated negligence on farms and development websites had been behind a number of incidents, lots of which had been within the southern Peloponnese area. No casualties had been reported.

A firefighter battles the flames after a wildfire broke out near the Sicilian village of Erice, Italy July 26, 2021.
A firefighter battles the flames after a wildfire broke out close to the Sicilian village of Erice, Italy, July 26, 2021.

Circumstances in Southern Europe had been in sharp distinction to the torrential rainstorms that lashed northern international locations from Austria to Britain following the catastrophic flooding in Germany and neighboring international locations final week.

On the Italian island of Sardinia, firefighting planes from France and Greece strengthened native plane battling blazes throughout the island, the place greater than 9,884 acres (15 sq. miles) of forest had been burned and greater than 350 individuals evacuated.

In Sicily, fires broke out close to the western city of Erice.

General view of a burnt area in the aftermath of a wildfire in Cuglieri, Sardinia, Italy July 25, 2021, in this screen grab obtained from a social media video.
A burned space within the aftermath of a wildfire in Cuglieri, Sardinia, Italy July 25, 2021, on this screengrab obtained from a social media video.

In Spain, the northeastern area of Catalonia noticed greater than 1,235 acres (2 sq. miles) destroyed close to Santa Coloma de Queralt, forcing dozens to be evacuated, though the blazes had been 90% stabilized on Monday, firefighters and authorities stated.

In Lietor, within the central east area of Castilla-La Mancha, greater than 6,177 acres (10 sq. miles) burned throughout the weekend earlier than being introduced below management, authorities stated.

To this point this 12 months, wildfires have burned throughout 86,486 acres (135 sq. miles) in Spain, nonetheless a way off the 341,005 acres (533 sq. miles) burned in 2012, the worst 12 months of the previous decade. 

A screen grab taken from a video shows a large wildfire that broke out near Oristano, Sardinia, Italy July 25, 2021.
A screengrab taken from a video exhibits a big wildfire that broke out close to Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, July 25, 2021.
by way of REUTERS

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