Deadly forest fires continue to burn in Greece as flames scorch other parts of Europe

 

An intense heatwave is sweeping over Europe, triggering deadly fires across the region.

In Greece, a state of emergency was declared on Monday as huge forest fires killed 74 people across several towns and sent thousands running to escape flames devastating entire villages.

But Greece isn't the only European country sweltering. 

Roaring temperatures and weeks of drought contributed to several major wildfires across Sweden over the last week and, according to AccuWeather, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Stockholm are expected to have their highest temperatures of the year this week.

This is every country in Europe battling fires right now:

Greece is experiencing its worst fire crisis in more than a decade.

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Wildfires are raging in regions around Athens and have affected numerous towns including Mati, Kineta, Rafina, and Melissi.

Hot, dry temperatures exacerbated by high winds caused flames to spread throughout the region on Monday.

"It's like we're at war," a Greek firefighter told local media.

On Tuesday, the bodies of 26 adults and children were found close to the sea in Mati, and appear to have died sheltering each other from the fire.

Source: The BBC

Sweden's unusually high temperatures have caused several fires to break out.

Almost 100 people were forced to leave their homes as more than 80 wildfires ripped through the country over the last week.

The number of fires in the region were reduced to around 20 by Tuesday, but in that time Sweden lost an estimated 25,000 hectares of forest.

The country usually experiences mild weather, and generally lacks the resources required to deal with large fires. The government has reached out for help from the military and other nations as fires spread above the Arctic Circle. 

On Monday, European nations sent hundreds of firefighters to tackle the worst blazes that Sweden has ever seen.

Source: The Local

While England's record heat wave has turned the country from green to brown in satellite photos.

Britain is continuing to experience its longest heat wave since 1976. 

Weather has also been unseasonably dry, with just two inches of rain falling between June 1 and July 16, making it the direst summer ever. 

Satellite photos released by the country's national weather service shows the country has been so hot and dry that it has turned from green to brown. 

The conditions have been blamed for several wildfires which have spread across northwestern England over the last month.

Source: The Washington Post

In Norway, a firefighter was killed trying to contain one blaze.

 

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Norway experienced its hottest temperatures on record in May, and at least 40 separate forest fires raged across the country earlier this month.

On July 15, a firefighter was killed trying to contain a a blaze in Nes, a municipality outside of Oslo. 

Source: The Local

In Finland's northern region, fires have destroyed woodlands close to the Russian border.

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A wildfire that crossed the border in Inari, one of Finland's largest municipalities, caused the border crossing between Finland and Russia to be shutdown on Friday.

Several fires threatened Finland's northernmost Lapland region, and one fire burned 6 hectares of forest near the region's capital of Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi is a popular tourist destination and is best known for its Santa Claus village.

A popular tourist island in Spain experienced forest fires.

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Firefighters, soldiers and local residents carry a hose as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
Firefighters, soldiers and local residents carry a hose as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
A firefighter holds a hose as a wildfire burns at the village of Mati, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Locals try to extinguish a fire at a nearby house as a wildfire burns at the village of Mati, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Firefighters are seen outside a house as a wildfire burns at the village of Mati, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A wildfire rages in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Rescuers and volunteers push an inflatable boat as locals are evacuated during a wildfire at the village of Mati, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A house burns as a wildfire rages at the village of Mati, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Police officers direct traffic as a wildfire burns in Kineta, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Smoke blankets a highway as a wildfire burns in Kineta, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 23: A firefighter tries to extinguish the fire that broke out in Rafina area, northeast of Athens in Greece on July 23, 2018. (Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A house is threatened by a huge blaze during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. - More than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilised to tackle the 'extremely difficult' situation due to strong gusts of wind, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said. (Photo by VALERIE GACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE GACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Flames rise as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - 2018/07/23: Flames seen coming out of a building during a major fire. A major fire broke in the Penteli area northeast of Athens. Local authorities said they were evacuating childrens summer camps, while dozens of homes and cars were reportedly destroyed. At least three aircraft and a helicopter were battling the flames, along with at least 50 firefighters, the fire department said. (Photo by Giorgos Zachos/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - 2018/07/23: A firefighter seen trying to put out the fire. A major fire broke in the Penteli area northeast of Athens. Local authorities said they were evacuating childrens summer camps, while dozens of homes and cars were reportedly destroyed. At least three aircraft and a helicopter were battling the flames, along with at least 50 firefighters, the fire department said. (Photo by Giorgos Zachos/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - 2018/07/23: A firefighter seen trying to extinguish a fire coming from a building. A major fire broke in the Penteli area northeast of Athens. Local authorities said they were evacuating childrens summer camps, while dozens of homes and cars were reportedly destroyed. At least three aircraft and a helicopter were battling the flames, along with at least 50 firefighters, the fire department said. (Photo by Giorgos Zachos/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A firefighter tries to extinguish hotspots during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. - More than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilised to tackle the 'extremely difficult' situation due to strong gusts of wind, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said. (Photo by VALERIE GACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE GACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 23: An inside view of a damaged house after a fire broke out in Rafina area, northeast of Athens in Greece on July 23, 2018. (Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A firefighter reacts as a house burns during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. - More than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilised to tackle the 'extremely difficult' situation due to strong gusts of wind, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said. (Photo by VALERIE GACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE GACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers arrive at the area where bodies were found following a wildfire at the village of Mati, near Athens, Greece, July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A woman reacts as she tries to find her dog, following a wildfire at the village of Mati, near Athens, Greece July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
A woman reacts as she tries to find her dog, following a wildfire at the village of Mati, near Athens, Greece July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
A house burns following a wildfire at Neos Voutzas, near Athens, Greece, July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
ATHENS, GREECE - 2018/07/23: A plane seen taking part in the firefighting mission. A major fire broke in the Penteli area northeast of Athens. Local authorities said they were evacuating childrens summer camps, while dozens of homes and cars were reportedly destroyed. At least three aircraft and a helicopter were battling the flames, along with at least 50 firefighters, the fire department said. (Photo by Giorgos Zachos/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / People watch a wildfire in the town of Rafina, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. - At least 20 people have died and more have been injured as wild fires tore through woodland and villages around Athens on Monday, while blazes caused widespread damage in Sweden and other northern European nations. More than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilised to tackle the 'extremely difficult' situation due to strong gusts of wind, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said. (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - 2018/07/23: A helicopter seen taking part in the firefighting mission. A major fire broke in the Penteli area northeast of Athens. Local authorities said they were evacuating childrens summer camps, while dozens of homes and cars were reportedly destroyed. At least three aircraft and a helicopter were battling the flames, along with at least 50 firefighters, the fire department said. (Photo by Giorgos Zachos/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A woman tries to find her papers inside her car following a wildfire at the village of Mati, near Athens, on July 24, 2018. - Fifty people have died and 170 have been injured in wildfires ravaging woodland and villages in the Athens region, as Greek authorities rush to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on beaches along the coast on July 24, 2018. The death toll soared with a Red Cross official reporting the discovery of 26 bodies in the courtyard of a villa at the seaside resort of Mati. (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mallorca, one of Spain's islands in the Mediterranean, experienced a blaze over the weekend. 

The fire burned through over 5 hectares of land, and over 100 people were evacuated as a precaution, local media reported.

Latvian officials met on Monday to discuss tackling fires that had been burning for several days.

Fires have raged in Latvia for nearly a week, and destroyed over 1,o00 hectares of forest.

Officials on Monday confirmed that EU members stated would be called on for international assistance to extinguish a fire in the western Talsi district.

Dry weather and strong winds made it difficult for firefighters to extinguish the blaze, which was first reported on July 17. 

In Germany, extreme heat has caused airport closures.

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A runway at Germany’s Hannover airport was damaged by extreme heat, forcing the airport to close. The closure was expected to last until Wednesday, pending repairs.

The temperature is predicted to continue to continue to climb this week, with a top of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) on Friday.

Source: Associated Press

And France has been put on a heatwave alert.

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France's national weather agency placed areas in the Paris region and country's north on an orange alert for heatwaves until Wednesday. 

Northern France is in the core of the heat wave, according to AccuWeather, and those in the region will be continue to be at high risk for heat-related illnesses.

And in the Netherlands,12 bridges have been closed due to heat.

REUTERS/Yves Herman

High temperatures have caused metal to expand, which have affected the functioning of bridges across Amsterdam. 12 bridges will remain closed for the duration of the heatwave, local media reported Tuesday. 

The Netherlands institute for public health also issued a warning that the country's air quality will be worsened by the heat. 

Source: The Times

 

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