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Status: 01.08.2022 2:36 p.m.

In southern Europe, fires broke out again in forest areas due to high temperatures. Hundreds of firefighters are on duty. Several of them have already been injured. The heat wave continues.

Several forest fires broke out again in France and Portugal. According to firefighters, nine firefighters were injured in a fire in the Gard on Sunday, including one seriously. The firefighter was taken to hospital with burns. In Portugal, around 400 firefighters were deployed to a blaze north of Lisbon.

There is still no end in sight for the forest fires in southern Europe

Tagesschau 5:30 a.m., August 1, 2022

The blaze in southeastern France has destroyed around 370 hectares of forest and bush, firefighter spokesman William Borelly told “Franceinfo” station. The serious forest fire has been brought under control. A total of 670 firefighters fought the flames. The fire broke out in a pine and oak forest on Sunday afternoon for an initially unknown reason.

Extinguishing the fire will take several days. Two homes were damaged, Borelly said. Dozens of apartments were saved from the flames thanks to the use of fire planes and rescue vehicles.

The heatwave continues

Another fire that had spread to around 35 hectares was brought under control near Marseille in the evening, authorities said. France faces a new heat wave next week. 35 to 39 degrees are expected in the south of the country on Monday.

The heat wave is expected to peak Wednesday with highs of up to 40 degrees in the southwest. In mid-July, two massive forest fires destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of land in southwestern France on the Atlantic coast.

Firefighters were also on duty in Portugal due to several forest fires. A larger fire broke out on Sunday near the small town of Mafra north of Lisbon, according to civil protection. About 400 firefighters fought the flames there. A retirement home of 30 residents had been evacuated as a precaution, said Paulo Santos, spokesman for the civil protection authority, the radio station “Renascença”.

According to Helder Sousa Silva, the mayor of Mafras, the flames are largely under control. In total, about 300 hectares were destroyed. According to the media, eight forest fires are still active throughout Portugal.

1000 firefighters on duty

More than a thousand firefighters have been deployed to deal with other fires in the north and center of the country. Temperatures rose sharply in these regions over the weekend. A warning has been issued for part of northern and central Portugal due to temperatures above 40 degrees.

According to Portuguese media, a fire near the town of Ourém, about 130 kilometers northeast of Lisbon, was brought under control in the morning.

According to the Portuguese Meteorological Institute, the heat will last at least until Tuesday. According to initial data from the nature conservation institute ICNF, more than 58,000 hectares of land have already burned in Portugal since the beginning of the year.

1100 emergency services in the Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, the number of emergency services in the fight against forest fires in Bohemian Switzerland has been increased to 1100, as the national park dem lol informed. About 1000 hectares of area are affected by the fire. “Our goal is to reduce the affected area as much as possible,” an emergency services spokesperson told public broadcaster CT. Bohemian Switzerland National Park borders Saxon Switzerland, where there are also fires. The fire broke out on the Czech side more than a week ago.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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