Forest fires in Europe 2022: what is happening and map of affected areas


Soaring temperatures have fueled wildfires across Europe that have seen tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes

Soaring temperatures across Europe have seen fires take hold, even affecting the UK, with the blazes causing havoc in London.

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Firefighters from France, Portugal and Spain have fought fires that cover thousands of hectares.

Temperatures have fueled the flames, with highs of 47°C in Portugal and above 40°C in Spain.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes and holidaymakers caught in the carnage, with plumes of smoke visible from the Spanish resort town of Torremolinos.

In Portugal, a pilot lost his life fighting the fire and in Spain, two people died in the northwestern region of Zamora.

Authorities in Portugal and Spain have linked at least 1,000 deaths to heat and wildfires.

The heatwave is now starting to move north, with Germany, Belgium and Italy scorching in record heat.

A fire has already broken out in the Belgian resort of De Haan, setting several vehicles on fire, with fears growing that there are more to come.

While extreme temperatures are set to continue, here’s everything you need to know about Europe’s wildfires.

What’s happening in France?

Soaring temperatures in France have seen fires ravage the south-west region of Gironde and Brittany.

A destroyed restaurant near the beach at Cazaux lac, near La Teste-de-Buch, in southwestern France (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

More than 30,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after 22 regional departments went on high orange alert.

Speaking to Agence France-Presse (AFP), a resident named Karyn called the scenes “post-apocalyptic”.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said the forest fires had burned 10,000 hectares of land and praised the firefighters for their “remarkable courage”.

The Gironde, which is a popular tourist destination, was particularly affected.

Firefighters are battling two wildfires that have so far burned more than 47,000 acres.

Tourists on Moulleau beach can see smoke from the forest fire in La Teste-de-Buch, France (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking of the fires, regional president Jean-Luc Gleyze said: “The idea that comes to mind is that it is a monster.

“It’s a monster like an octopus, and it grows and grows and grows front, back, both sides. Because of the temperature, because of the wind, because of the lack of water in the air…

“He’s a monster and it’s very difficult to fight against him.”

Animals at the La Teste-de-Buch zoo have died of stress caused by the heat.

The zoo has moved another 363 animals to Bordeaux-Pessac Zoo, which is 40 miles away.

What’s going on in Spain?

In Spain, 20 fires are currently out of control.

Zamora in the north was badly affected, with two people losing their lives in the wildfires.

Firefighters attempt to put out a forest fire near the village of Tabara, near Zamora, in northern Spain (AFP via Getty Images)

Trains in the area were also canceled as flames developed near the tracks.

The southern area of ​​Mijas Hills was also hit by raging wildfires this week.

Tourists encountered plumes of smoke on Torremolinos beach and soaring temperatures only fanned the flames.

What’s going on in Portugal?

In Portugal, forest fires have had devastating consequences, with a pilot who lost his life fighting the blaze, after his water bomber plane crashed in the Foz Coa region.

A firefighter tackles a forest fire around the village of Eiriz in Baiao, northern Portugal (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

News also broke that an elderly couple had lost their lives trying to escape the flames.

The country was most affected in the northeast, near the city of Porto.

Several villages had to be evacuated in the Murca region.

Portugal has seen record temperatures with highs of 47C making it difficult to fight the blaze and creating the perfect conditions for the flames to spread.

Authorities in Portugal and Spain have linked at least 1,000 deaths to heat and wildfires.

Where are the forest fires in Europe?

Europe has been hit by a series of wildfires that have left devastation in their path.

It’s not just France, Spain and Portugal that have been affected.

Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Croatia, Greece, Crete and Morocco were also affected.

Here is a map of the areas affected by forest fires in Europe:

Map of forest fires in the EU (Photo: NationalWorld/ Mark Hall)

How do forest fires start?

As the earth heats up due to climate change, wildfires are becoming commonplace around the world.

Soaring temperatures in Europe have created the perfect storm for rampant wildfires.

To have a cold sore, you need three things: oxygen, fuel, and heat.

Oxygen is already in the atmosphere, fuel is any material that burns like trees, grass and even houses.

The drier the fuel, the faster it will burn, the heat dries out the surrounding area so the fire still has fuel to spread.

In Europe, high temperatures mixed with drought have caused a powder keg effect, which means that a single small spark could become a huge fire.


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