ROUND 4: Forest fires are raging in parts of southern Europe | News

(new: new information from Greece in the 7th paragraph.)

LISBON / BORDEAUX / PALMA (dpa-AFX) – In southern European holiday countries, more and more fires are breaking out in arid areas. The problem is getting worse, at the same time in Italy and France about 40 degrees are expected in the coming days. In Spain, the heat alarm is still in effect in 16 of the 17 Autonomous Communities by Friday. In the regions of Extremadura to the west and Andalusia to the south, temperatures soared to 45 degrees. On holiday Majorca, which is especially popular with the Germans, maximum temperatures of 37 degrees were expected. Only the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa are spared from extreme heat.

In contrast to the extreme heat of the Mediterranean, relatively pleasant mid-summer temperatures are expected in Germany on Friday: up to 25 degrees in the north, up to 29 degrees south of the Menu. According to the German Weather Service (DWD), it will be really hot again next week, with temperatures ranging from 30 to 35 degrees in many places in Germany on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Portugal this week it was over 40 degrees. Moreover, numerous forest fires did not give many inhabitants and rescue services a respite. Eleven major fires took place on Thursday, according to civil defense data (ANEPC). “The whole country is on fire,” was the headline in the Jornal de Notcias newspaper. Prime Minister Antnio Costa announced that the third highest risk level, which has been in force throughout Portugal since Monday, will be extended to Sunday.

According to ANEPC, in addition to the drought that has lasted for months, strong winds also help spread the fires. According to the authorities, many fires were set on fire, either carelessly or intentionally. The arrests have already been made.

Forest fires also continued on the French Atlantic coast near Bordeaux. In the early morning hours, the rescue services evacuated the settlement again and brought about 60 people to a safe place, later also evacuating the community of about 4,000 people. According to the prefecture, around 1,000 firefighters were deployed in the event of fires around Teste-de-Buch and Landiras. Orange forest fire warning level is now in effect in this area. Fireworks are prohibited for the time being in densely forested communities. Thursday was a national holiday in France. Usually fireworks are all over the country.

Drre has been going crazy in Italy for weeks. In the five northern regions along the Po River, the government has already declared a state of emergency due to drought. Other regions may follow suit, Agriculture Minister Stefano Patuanelli said Wednesday night. Sicily and Sardinia continue to report the risk of forest fires. South Tyrol in northern Italy recorded significantly more forest fires than usual in 2022: “While there have been an average of around 20 forest fires per year in the last 20 years, this year it was over 40,” said a South Tyrolean forest councilor. in Bozen. He warned: a quarter of the fires are probably caused by cigarettes.

Strong winds fueled fires in Greece on Thursday afternoon. A great fire raged in the northeast near the port city of Alexandroupolis. Mayor Giannis Zamboukis told To Proto Thema newspaper, as a precaution, evacuating 18 children from SOS Children’s Village. Forests also burned uncontrollably near Preveza on the west coast and on the island of Kefalonia. In the last seven days, 264 forest fires were registered nationwide. Also on Friday, the fire department issued a forest fire warning at level four (out of five) for parts of the country including Athens and the surrounding area, as well as the islands of Crete, Lesbos and Samos. A fire-fighting helicopter crashed into the sea from a low altitude off the coast of Samos on Wednesday evening as the crew tried to scoop up water. Two passengers were killed and the pilot was hospitalized with serious injuries. At first, it was not clear why the helicopter had crashed.

In Croatia, on Thursday, a forest fire near the Dalmatian town of Sibenik was largely contained. The sources of fire in the so-called Krka Riviera are no longer spreading uncontrollably, as announced by the civil defense in Sibenik.

Fires were also brought under control in Turkey. In the Datca Peninsula in the southwest of the country, emergency services are cooling the area down, Forestry Minister Vahit Kirisci said on Thursday. There was a fire on the Datca peninsula on Wednesday, which is also popular with vacationers. According to official information, over 3,500 people had to temporarily leave their homes./axa/DP/men

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