Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Multiple fires in southern Europe and the United States

BERLIN (DPA) – There is no end to the fires in Greece. For Monday, the fire brigade issued the second-highest warning level for parts of central Greece – the risk of wildfire there being considered “very high”. The capital Athens and the surrounding area, as well as the island of Euboea, are also affected. But the threat is “high” in the rest of the country as well.

In the last one week, the fire department has recorded more than a hundred fire sources daily. According to meteorologists, with the drought continuing, the temperature should remain very high and rise to 40 degrees locally. Some areas also have strong winds, which heat the fires – for example on the island of Lesbos, where villages in the southern part of the island were evacuated over the weekend.


The situation returned to normal in Spain, but the process of forest fires continues. The fire in Tenerife was particularly worrisome. Regional President Angel Victor Torres said on Sunday afternoon that the flames had destroyed more than 24 square kilometers on the popular Canary Islands so far. About 600 residents of La Guancha and four other communities were rescued on Saturday in the affected area in the north of the island. 2022 is already the most devastating forest fire year for Spain since records began.

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Although a particularly long and intense heat wave ended a few days ago, extremely high temperatures in the country continue to haunt Spaniards and tourists. In Andalusia, southern Spain, it was recorded up to 44 degrees on Sunday, in Mallorca the mercury climbed to 37 degrees. For Monday, up to 40 degrees are expected for the center and northeast of the island, which is very popular with Germans. It should be “only” 34 degrees warmer at Ballerman on Playa de Palma.


Meanwhile, the fires on France’s Atlantic coast are partially clear: the fire at La Teste-de-Buch is believed to be extinguished. According to the province responsible, all residents were allowed to return to their homes over the weekend. On the other hand, the fire in Landiras has been brought under control. However, there are still around 30 active sources of fire and there is a risk that the fire may flare up again, it said.

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America’s famous National Park Yosemite is also at risk due to the rapidly spreading fire in California across the Atlantic in America. Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in the affected area. The so-called Oak Fire, which raged over 63 square kilometers, destroyed ten buildings and damaged five others, as announced by competent authority Cal Fire. The fire that broke out on Friday afternoon threatened about 2,700 homes, which are still unknown.

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