Europe’s wildfire threat eases but blaze grows in Slovenia

MADRID, 22 July 2022, (TON): Europe’s spate of fierce wildfires abated somewhat amid cooler temperatures, with French firefighters starting to get the upper hand over two major blazes, Spain taming a fire that killed two people and no new outbreaks reported in Portugal.

But a fire in Slovenia on the border with Italy kicked up strongly, forcing the evacuation of three villages.

Spanish firefighters were tackling nine blazes, with two said to be especially dangerous in the northwestern Galicia region.

Temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and a drought have worsened Spain’s wildfires this year.

Thursday’s highest temperature in Spain was forecast to be 32 C (90 F).

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