With colder temperatures, the current wave of wildfires in Europe is decreasing.
(AP) MADRID — The recent wave of wildfires in Europe subsided on Thursday as temperatures dropped. Portugal had no outbreaks, but firefighters in France began to gain control of two big blazes, and Spain put out a fire that claimed two lives last weekend.
Nine fires were being fought by Spanish firefighters, with two in northwest Galicia reportedly being particularly threatening.
A significant route in the northwest Zamora province was reopened after two days, and some of the 11,000 residents who were evacuated due to the flames in Spain started to return home.
Spain’s flames have been worse this year as a result of dryness and temperatures over 40 C (104 F). The forecast for Spain’s hottest temperature on Thursday was 32 C. (90 F).
In France, two large wildfires in tinder-dry pine forests in the southwest were being defeated after more than a week of round-the-clock combat by more than 2,000 firefighters and up to 10 water-dropping planes.
The fire department for the Gironde area said that both fires, which required the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, were put out.
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