Monday, August 8, 2022

Violent fires in Greece, on Tenerife – and in the United States

Although the situation returned to normal in Spain, the spate of wildfires never ended. A fire broke out on Sunday in the Canary Islands of Tenerife, popular with tourists. As the regional president said in the night, the fire has destroyed more than 2150 hectares. 585 residents of La Guancha and four other communities to the north have been evacuated.

About 150 emergency services have made great progress in fighting the fires recently, also due to the high humidity and weak winds. The announcement of a rise in temperature of up to 38 degrees on Sunday and Monday is worrying. That’s why we must get the fire under control as quickly as possible, Torres said.

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In combination with drought and strong winds, which have lasted for months, the heat has favored the outbreak and spread of many fires, according to Spanish weather service Emet. 2022 is already the most devastating forest fire year for Spain since records began. In the first seven months, the flames destroyed some 2,000 square kilometers – about 80 percent of the Saarland area.

Meanwhile, about 350 people were safely evacuated near Gorizia (Gorizia) on the border with Slovenia in Italy. The reason was the fire in Slovenia, which could spread to Italy due to strong wind, the fire department said on Sunday night. Savogna d’Isonzo is the place to be affected. About 2,000 firefighters and volunteers doused the flames in the Slovenian karst region on Sunday. The unexploded armament of World War I made it necessary to focus on fighting fire from the air so as not to unnecessarily endanger firefighters on the ground. Between 1915 and 1918, Austria-Hungary and Italy fought in the Isonzo Valley and the Julian Alps. The former war zone is now mostly in Slovenian karst.

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