A lot of wildfires are raging across parts of Europe, and firefighters were battling fires in Portugal, Spain, and the south of France on Wednesday amid extraordinary heatwave authorities linked to climate change.

According to disaster relief commander Andre Fernandes, more than 600 people were evacuated. He also said that 120 individuals required medical attention, with two sustaining significant injuries one fireman and one civilian.

Water cannon was used by 1,300 firefighters fighting the worst fires in the country’s central area while thousands more had been working to bring the flames under control.

At the opposite end of the Mediterranean, in Turkey, Spain, and France, the European heat wave is also igniting fires.

The regional emergency response agency said that more than 800 firefighters fought two forest fires in the region outside Bordeaux in southwest France.

In the surrounding forest, 6,500 people have been evacuated from communities and campers. It’s unknown how many people were hurt. More than 1,800 hectares (4,400 acres) of land were burned by the two fires.

Strong winds were fanning the fires as they raced over grasslands and tree groves, and firefighters captured images of smoke obscuring the horizon.

Cayetano Torres, Spain’s National Meteorological Service spokesman, said the “unusual” heatwave and lack of rain in recent months had created ideal fire conditions.

The Atlantic nation, which has been on high alert for wildfires since last week, is sweating in a heat wave that is expected to raise temperatures to 46 C (115 F) on Wednesday and Thursday in the central Alentejo area. According to officials, 96 percent of the nation was categorized as being under “extreme” or “severe” drought at the end of June.

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According to the regional governor’s office, a fire broke out in a region adjacent to the town of Mesudiye in southwest Turkey, close to the Aegean Sea resort of Datca, and was headed toward some local residences. Five planes and at least nine water-dropping helicopters, according to the report, were used to fight the fire.


A wildfire, forest fire, bushfire, wildland fire or rural fire is an unplanned, uncontrolled and unpredictable fire in an area of combustible vegetation starting in rural and urban areas. (wikipedia)

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