The Copernicus Program of the European Union estimates that the wave of fires that is devastating France this summer is the worst the country has seen in the last 20 years, according to satellite images captured by its Atmospheric Control Services (CAMS).
“The comparison of different years in the data set of the last 20 years”, according to the program on its website, demonstrates “since the beginning of June 2022, values significantly higher for France, Spain and Portugal“, particularly during “the heat of July and August.” extension of the fires captured by these images is unmatched by any year since 2003, according to CAMS Chief Officer Mark Parrington.
“The extreme fire danger rates mean that the scale and intensity of the fires has grown exponentially, with the consequent impact on air quality,” he added in comments to DPA.
Fire in Gironde
For now, and as far as the situation on the ground is concerned, the fire that broke out on Tuesday in the French department of Gironde has been stabilized. Likewise, the more than 100 people forced to carry out a preventive evacuation in the town of Campénéac they have already been able to return to their homes.
The Basque Country has offered its collaboration to France to support the tasks of extinguishing the forest fires that have devastated the Landes and Gironde regions since last Tuesday, which have forced the closure of the Irun border for trucks up to two times. In principle, it will make available to France fifty troops, 14 vehicles from different fire stations and the forestry service of the Diputación de Vizcayaas well as the team of dogs from the Ertzaintza Canine Unit specialized in fires.
According to the French newspaper Sud Ouest, in just two days the fire burned 7,800 hectaresthere has already been more than 10,000 people evacuated17 houses burned and several firefighters injured. Cash from different countries Europeans help France in the tasks of extinction.