Extreme heat wave sparks wildfires in parts of Europe

At least 135 people have suffered mainly minor injuries since wildfires began in Portugal last week, and about 800 people

Published on Jul 14, 2022 11:49 AM IST 11 Photos

A spate of wildfires is scorching parts of Europe amid an unusual heat wave that authorities are linking to climate change, menacing villages and disrupting tourists' holidays. Thousands of firefighters battled more than 20 blazes that raged on Wednesday across Portugal and western Spain.(AP)

The heat wave pushed temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of Europe.(AP)

In France, hundreds of firefighters, supported by six water-bomber aircraft, battled two wildfires in the southwest, which prompted the evacuation of thousands of campers, Gironde prefect Fabienne Buccio said.(AFP)


In Santiago de Guarda in the central Portuguese district of Leiria, Albertina Francisco struggled to hold back tears as a cloud of black smoke billowed over the tiny village.(AP)

In Leiria, where over 3,000 hectares have burned so far. Nearly 900 firefighters were combating three active blazes in Leiria alone, while in the whole of mainland Portugal there were 2,841 firefighters on the ground and 860 vehicles.(AP)