Wildfires Rage Across Europe

Published July 18th, 2022 - 07:20 GMT

Massive wildfires have erupted separately in various regions across Europe, including France, Spain, and Portugal where according to officials they were caused by the first of its kind heatwave affecting Europe.

Hundreds of firefighters are doing their best to contain the wildfires that are damaging thousands of hectares, devastating trees, killing animals, and releasing toxic gases into the environment.

Moreover, thousands of people have also fleed their homes amid the spread of wildfires. In France, more than 11,000 people have fled the Gironde region fearing the wildfire.

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Firefighters try to control a forest fire in Louchats, south-western France, on July 17, 2022. (Photo by THIBAUD MORITZ / AFP)

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This photographs shows smoke rising from the hill during firefighting operations at Espite in Ourem on July 13, 2022. (Photo by PEDRO ROCHA / AFP)

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The Santarem region was expecting record temperatures of 46 degrees, the highest in the country. (Photo by PEDRO ROCHA / AFP)

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An Air Tractor AT-802F "Fire Boss" airplane takes part in firefighting operations at Espite in Ourem on July 13, 2022. France and Britain suffered soaring temperatures, edging closer to the blistering heat already engulfing Spain and Portugal as wildfires destroyed vast stretches of Western European forestland. (Photo by PEDRO ROCHA / AFP)

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Firefighters operate at the site of a wildfire in Pumarejo de Tera near Zamora, northern Spain, on June 18, 2022. AFP/File Photo

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The largest of these forest fires was still out of control this afternoon in the Sierra de la Culebra, a mountain range in the region of Castile and Leon (northwest), near the border with Portugal. (Photo by CESAR MANSO / AFP)

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Trees in flames and smoke plumes are seen during a wildfire at the bottom of the Dune du Pilat near La Teste-de-Buch, southwestern France on July 13, 2022. (Photo by Thibaud MORITZ / AFP)

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Two fires have burned nearly 1,700 hectares of pine trees in Gironde on July 13, forcing the evacuation of 6,000 campers. A heat wave in Western Europe is fuelling wildfires across vast stretches of forestland. (Photo by Laurent THEILLET / various sources / AFP)

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Firefighters try to control a forest fire in Louchats, south-western France, on July 17, 2022. (Photo by THIBAUD MORITZ / AFP)
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This photographs shows smoke rising from the hill during firefighting operations at Espite in Ourem on July 13, 2022. (Photo by PEDRO ROCHA / AFP)
wildfires
The Santarem region was expecting record temperatures of 46 degrees, the highest in the country. (Photo by PEDRO ROCHA / AFP)
wildfires
An Air Tractor AT-802F "Fire Boss" airplane takes part in firefighting operations at Espite in Ourem on July 13, 2022. France and Britain suffered soaring temperatures, edging closer to the blistering heat already engulfing Spain and Portugal as wildfires destroyed vast stretches of Western European forestland. (Photo by PEDRO ROCHA / AFP)
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Firefighters operate at the site of a wildfire in Pumarejo de Tera near Zamora, northern Spain, on June 18, 2022. AFP/File Photo
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The largest of these forest fires was still out of control this afternoon in the Sierra de la Culebra, a mountain range in the region of Castile and Leon (northwest), near the border with Portugal. (Photo by CESAR MANSO / AFP)
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Trees in flames and smoke plumes are seen during a wildfire at the bottom of the Dune du Pilat near La Teste-de-Buch, southwestern France on July 13, 2022. (Photo by Thibaud MORITZ / AFP)
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Two fires have burned nearly 1,700 hectares of pine trees in Gironde on July 13, forcing the evacuation of 6,000 campers. A heat wave in Western Europe is fuelling wildfires across vast stretches of forestland. (Photo by Laurent THEILLET / various sources / AFP)

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