Forest fires rage across Europe as heatwave sends temperatures soaring
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Forest fires rage across Europe as heatwave sends temperatures soaring

Civil defence authorities battle blazes that have forced evacuation of thousands of people across continent

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 of 47C (116F) in Portugal and 45C to Spain – has triggered wildfires that have forced the evacuation of thousands of people.

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