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Cooler weather helps Spain with fires; rain helps in Germany

Cooler weather helps Spain with fires;  rain helps in Germany

Smoke rises over San Martin de Unx in northern Spain, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Firefighters in Spain are struggling to contain wildfires in several parts of the country, which are dealing with an unusual heat wave for this time of year. Credit: AP Photo/Miguel Oses

Cooler temperatures helped firefighters stabilize a wildfire in northwestern Spain on Monday, the largest on record in the country, according to reports.

The fire in the Sierra de Culebra Mountains in Zamora province has so far set fire to 31,000 hectares (77,000 acres). State news agency Efe said it was the largest ever since a fire in southwestern Huelva province in 2004 destroyed nearly 30,000 hectares.

Although the Zamora fire was not fully contained, there are no more flames and the fire is not spreading, authorities said Monday.

A drop in rising temperatures allowed some 650 firefighters, supported by water-draining aircraft, to establish a perimeter around the blaze that started Wednesday. In the past week, people from 18 villages had to be evacuated.

Elsewhere, 900 people were evacuated from 13 villages in the northern region of Navarra, where two wildfires were still raging.

Spain is on the lookout for an outbreak of severe forest fires as the country experienced record temperatures in many places in June last week. Experts link the abnormally hot period for Europe to climate change.

  • Cooler weather helps Spain with fires;  rain helps in Germany

    A firefighter works in the area of ​​San Martin de Unx in northern Spain on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Firefighters in Spain are struggling to contain wildfires in several parts of the country, which are dealing with an unusual heat wave for this time of year. Credit: AP Photo/Miguel Oses

  • Cooler weather helps Spain with fires;  rain helps in Germany

    Firefighters work before flames amid a wildfire in the Sierra de la Culebra in Zamora Provence on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Thousands of hectares of forested hillsides in northwestern Spain have been burned by a wildfire that has forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from nearby villages. Officials said the fire in the Sierra de Culebra Mountains started on Wednesday during a dry electrical storm. Credit: Emilio Fraile/Europa Press via AP

  • Cooler weather helps Spain with fires;  rain helps in Germany

    A neighbor helps firefighters in San Martin de Unx in northern Spain, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Firefighters in Spain are struggling to control wildfires in several parts of the country, which are dealing with an unusual heat wave for this time of year. Credit: AP Photo/Miguel Oses

  • Cooler weather helps Spain with fires;  rain helps in Germany

    Smoke rises from the hills in Ujue, northern Spain, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Firefighters in Spain are struggling to contain wildfires in several parts of the country, which are dealing with an unusual heat wave for this time of year. Credit: AP Photo/Miguel Oses

  • Cooler weather helps Spain with fires;  rain helps in Germany

    Firefighters eat watermelon during a break in San Martin de Unx in northern Spain, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Firefighters in Spain are struggling to control wildfires in several parts of the country, which are dealing with an unusual heat wave for this time of the year. year . Credit: AP Photo/Miguel Oses

  • Cooler weather helps Spain with fires;  rain helps in Germany

    A police water cannon is in action in a forest fire in Treuenbrietzen, Germany, Sunday, June 19, 2022. The forest fire affected area in Treuenbrietzen near Berlin expanded overnight on Sunday. Credit: Thomas Schulz/dpa via AP

  • Cooler weather helps Spain with fires;  rain helps in Germany

    A cloud of smoke from the forest fire at Treuenbrietzen can be seen for miles over Lake Seddin, Germany, Sunday, June 19, 2022. There, the fire service has been fighting a forest fire for days. Credit: Stephanie Pilick/dpa via AP

  • Cooler weather helps Spain with fires;  rain helps in Germany

    Not far from the Frohnsdorf district, Germany, Sunday, June 19, 2022, a cloud of smoke can be seen from afar. The fire brigade has been fighting a forest fire there for days. Credit: Paul Zinken/dpa/dpa via AP

In Germany, heavy showers overnight and Monday largely helped put out two major wildfires about 20 kilometers (12½ miles) apart southwest of Berlin. Officials said hundreds of people were able to return to their homes after being evacuated as a precaution over the weekend. Roads were also reopened.

Hundreds of firefighters stayed on the scene for fear the wind could stir up smoldering embers.


Spain and Germany fight wildfires amid unusual heatwave


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