Firefighters have been called in from a number of countries in Europe as French officials struggle to control fires in the country’s southwest.
Southwestern France still up in flames
High temperatures and a worsening drought have brought a high risk of new fires breaking out in southwestern France, even after an overnight reprieve held a monster wildfire that has been raging for days in check.
Firefighters from Germany, Romania and Greece were on the ground to help France battle the fire in the Gironde region as well as on other fronts, including in Brittany in the northwest, and more from across Europe were on their way.
The risk of new fires was “very severe” considering the weather conditions, the Gironde prefecture said on Friday.
“The day is likely to be complicated since temperatures continue to increase and humidity continues to drop, so obviously we remain vigilant and mobilised,” senior local official Ronan Leaustic told a news conference.