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Forest fires rage across Europe as heatwave sends temperatures soaring

By Sam Jones

17 Jul 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Much of Europe is battling extreme temperatures and fires are raging across France, Portugal, Greece and Morocco. Conditions mean the risk of further fires is high.

Firefighters in Portugal, Spain, France, Greece and Morocco are battling forest fires raging across tens of thousands of hectares as this week’s heatwave continues to bring extreme temperatures and cause hundreds of deaths across south-western Europe.

The second heatwave of the summer – with temperatures hitting 47C (116F) in Portugal and 45C in Spain – has triggered wildfires that have forced the evacuation of thousands of people.

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