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Firefighters fight wildfires across Spain amid heatwave with temperatures reaching over 40C | World news

Firefighters in Spain are struggling to contain wildfires in various parts of the country, amid a heat wave with temperatures reaching over 40C (104F).

The worst damage has been in the northwestern province of Zamora where more than 61,000 acres (25,000 acres) have been consumed.

More than 500 firefighters are being assisted by water-dump planes and helicopters in the sparsely populated area.

Experts have linked the abnormally warm period for Europe to climate change.

Throughout the week, thermometers have risen above 40C (104F) in many Spanish cities – temperatures are normally expected in August.

A lack of rain this year in combination with wind gusts have created the conditions for the fires.

Many areas of Western Europe have been experiencing unusually warm temperatures in recent days, which has heightened fears of climate change.

The current heat wave in Europe started almost a week ago in Spain, where temperatures reached up to 43C.

The fire that started in the Sierra de la Culebra of Zamora forced the evacuation of at least 10 villages, although the drop in temperatures of Saturday night helped efforts.

A helicopter flies next to smoke in a wildfire near Artesa de Segre, Spain, June 18, 2022. REUTERS / Albert Gea
Members of the Military Emergencies Unit work to put out a wildfire at Artesa de Segre, Spain, June 16, 2022. REUTERS / Albert Gea
An area burned by a wildfire can be seen at Artesa de Segre, Spain, June 18, 2022. REUTERS / Albert Gea

Nearly 20,000 hectares of land were burned in the Sierra de la Culebra mountain range and the fire was “still active”, said a tweet from the regional government of Castile and León.

The raging flame caused Madrid’s high-speed train service to northwestern Spain to be canceled on Saturday – it was resumed on Sunday morning.

Military fire brigades are deployed in Zamora, Navarre in the north and Lleida in the northeast.

There have been no reports of casualties, but the flames reached the edge of some villages both in Zamora and in central Navarre.

In other villages, residents watched in despair as black plumes rose from nearby hills.

In central Navarre, authorities have evacuated about 15 small villages as a precaution, as high temperatures will not drop until Wednesday.

They also asked farmers to stop using heavy machinery that could inadvertently set up a fire.

Wildfires are also active in three parts of north-eastern Catalonia: in Lleida, in Tarragona and in a nature park in Garaf, just south of Barcelona.

Firefighters fight wildfires across Spain amid heatwave with temperatures reaching over 40C | World news

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