A forest fire in La Teste-de-Buch, southwest France, on Saturday. The region is in the grip of wildfires, exacerbated by climate change, with thousands of hectares already burned. Photo: Handout via EPA-EFE
A forest fire in La Teste-de-Buch, southwest France, on Saturday. The region is in the grip of wildfires, exacerbated by climate change, with thousands of hectares already burned. Photo: Handout via EPA-EFE
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Thousands evacuated as blistering heatwave in Europe sparks wildfires

  • Firefighters battled blazes in France, Portugal and Spain while Britain issued its first ever ‘red’ warning for exceptional heat
  • Scientists blamed the increasing regularity of heatwaves on global warming and predicted more intense episodes of extreme weather

A forest fire in La Teste-de-Buch, southwest France, on Saturday. The region is in the grip of wildfires, exacerbated by climate change, with thousands of hectares already burned. Photo: Handout via EPA-EFE
A forest fire in La Teste-de-Buch, southwest France, on Saturday. The region is in the grip of wildfires, exacerbated by climate change, with thousands of hectares already burned. Photo: Handout via EPA-EFE
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