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A scorched south-western France braces itself for fires to come

A view shows a forest parcel from which trees burned by the last summer's wildfires have been removed, in Landiras, in the Gironde region, France, March 20, 2023. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Hostens, France Reuters As France frets about an extended drought and prospects for more wildfires in another long summer, one blaze that erupted eight months ago in the south-west of the country still smoulders away underground. Columns of white, acrid smoke rise from a forest floor outside the town of Hostens in the Gironde region, […]

Drought in England, fires rage in France as heatwave persists

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Saint Magne, FranceReuters Firefighters from across Europe came to France’s rescue on Friday to battle a massive wildfire, while fire also raged in Portugal and parts of England faced a severe drought, as successive heatwaves renewed the focus on climate change risks. Much of Europe has faced weeks of baking temperatures that have also depleted […]

Wildfires rage in France, thousands evacuated from homes

France Hostens wildfire

Hostens, France Reuters Wildfires tore through the Gironde region of south-western France on Wednesday, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of 10,000 residents, some of whom had clambered onto rooftops as the flames got closer. Black-and-orange skies, darkened by the smoke billowing from forests and lit up by the flames, were seen across the area […]