Colder weather helps Spain with fires; the rain helps in Germany

Colder weather helps Spain with fires;  the rain helps in Germany

Smoke rises over San Martin de Unx in northern Spain on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Firefighters in Spain are battling wildfires in several parts of the country that suffer from unusual heat waves at this time of year. Credit: AP Photo / Miguel Oses

Lower temperatures helped firefighters stabilize Monday Forest fire in northwestern Spain, which is reportedly the largest in the country.

The fire in the Sierra de Culebra mountain range in the province of Zamora has so far burned 31,000 hectares (77,000 acres). The state news agency Efe said it was the largest in history since a fire in the southwestern province of Huelva destroyed just under 30,000 hectares in 2004.

While the fire in Zamora has not been under full control, there are no more flames and it is no longer spreading, authorities said on Monday.

The drop in rising temperatures has allowed about 650 firefighters, backed by discharge planes, to establish a perimeter around spill which began on Wednesday. People from 18 villages had to be evacuated last week.

Elsewhere, 900 people were evacuated from 13 villages in the northern region of Navarre, where two forest fires are still active.

Spain is on the alert for intense forest fires, as last week the country experienced record temperatures in many places for June. Experts attribute the unusually hot period for Europe to climate change.

  • Colder weather helps Spain with fires;  the rain helps in Germany

    A firefighter works in the San Martin de Unx area of ​​northern Spain on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Firefighters in Spain are struggling to control forest fires in several parts of the country that are suffering from unusual heat waves at this time of year. Credit: AP Photo / Miguel Oses

  • Colder weather helps Spain with fires;  the rain helps in Germany

    Firefighters work in flames during a forest fire in the Sierra de la Culebra in Provence, Zamora, on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Thousands of hectares of wooded hills in northwestern Spain were burned by a wildfire that forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from nearby villages. Authorities said the fire in the Sierra de Culebra mountain range began on Wednesday during a dry electric storm. Credit: Emilio Fraile / Europa Press via AP

  • Colder weather helps Spain with fires;  the rain helps in Germany

    A neighbor helps firefighters in San Martin de Unx in northern Spain on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Firefighters in Spain are battling wildfires in several parts of the country that suffer from unusual heat waves at this time of year. Credit: AP Photo / Miguel Oses

  • Colder weather helps Spain with fires;  the rain helps in Germany

    Smoke rises from the hills of Uhu, northern Spain, on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Firefighters in Spain are struggling to control forest fires in several parts of the country that are suffering from unusual heat waves at this time of year. Credit: AP Photo / Miguel Oses

  • Colder weather helps Spain with fires;  the rain helps in Germany

    Firefighters eat watermelon during a holiday in San Martin de Unx in northern Spain, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Firefighters in Spain are struggling to control forest fires in several parts of the country that are suffering from unusual heat waves at this time of year. Credit: AP Photo / Miguel Oses

  • Colder weather helps Spain with fires;  the rain helps in Germany

    A police water cannon is in operation during a forest fire in Troyenbritzen, Germany, Sunday, June 19, 2022. The area affected by the forest fire in Troyenbritzen near Berlin expanded on Sunday night. Credit: Thomas Schultz / dpa via AP

  • Colder weather helps Spain with fires;  the rain helps in Germany

    A cloud of smoke from a forest fire near Treuenbrietzen can be seen for miles across Lake Sedin, Germany, Sunday, June 19, 2022. There, the fire department has been battling a wildfire for days. Credit: Stephanie Pilik / dpa via AP

  • Colder weather helps Spain with fires;  the rain helps in Germany

    A cloud of smoke can be seen in the distance not far from the district of Fronsdorf, Germany, Sunday, June 19, 2022. There, the fire department has been fighting a forest fire for days. Credit: Paul Zinken / dpa / dpa via AP

In Germany, heavy rains on Monday and Monday largely helped put out two large forest fires about 20 kilometers (12 miles) apart southwest of Berlin. Authorities said hundreds of people were able to return to their homes after being evacuated as a precautionary measure over the weekend. Roads were also reopened.

Hundreds of firefighters remained on the scene, fearing the wind could rekindle embers.


Spain and Germany are battling wildfires amid an unusual heat wave


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