MADRID ( Associated Press) – Europe’s wildfires eased on Thursday amid freezing temperatures, with no outbreaks reported in Portugal, while French firefighters began to bring two major blazes under control and Spain killed two people last weekend. took his life.
Spanish firefighters suffered nine fires, two of them particularly dangerous in the north-west of Galicia.
Some of the 11,000 people evacuated from the fires in Spain have begun to return home and a major highway in the northwestern province of Zamora has reopened after two days.
Temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) and drought have increased wildfires in Spain this year. Thursday’s high temperature in Spain is forecast to be 32 °C (90 °F).
In France, more than a week of uninterrupted fighting against raging flames by more than 2,000 firefighters and 10 water-dropping aircraft gradually triumphed over two major wildfires in dry-as-tinder pine forests in southwestern France. received.
The Gironde area fire service said both fires, which forced thousands of people to evacuate, were brought under control.
While they are still battling hot spots that could rekindle the flames, the fire service said it expects the outbreak of the fire to be contained and embers from the fire under control within a few days. will be taken. Officials said they would probably be able to put the fire out completely within weeks.