‘Major incident’ in London, as wildfires continue to rage across western Europe

In the midst of record-breaking temperatures, wildfires are raging and claiming lives over much of Europe. London is currently dealing with a “serious incident” brought on by fires.

Tuesday saw the deployment of about 250 firemen to put out many grass and park fires in east and south London.

Mayor Sadiq Khan posted on Twitter, “London Fire Brigade has just declared a Major Incident in response to a massive rise in fires across the capital today.”

The London Fire Brigade is under a lot of pressure, therefore this is crucial, he continued.

On Tuesday, 40.2°C was the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK in recent memory at London Heathrow airport.

According to the BBC, 85 additional firemen are battling two fires in Croydon forests, south of the British capital, while 175 are battling a fire on Pea Lane in Upminster, east London, with smoke spilling across the M25 freeway.

Meanwhile, as water-bombing planes race to put out fires in tinder-dry woodlands, hundreds of people have been evacuated from France and Spain.

The Spanish fires that Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez attributed to global warming claimed the lives of two individuals.

A 69-year-old sheep farmer’s body was discovered on Monday in the province of Zamora in northwest Spain, not far from where a 62-year-old firefighter had perished the day before after becoming trapped by flames.

Thousands of people have been evacuated due to more than 30 forest fires that have scorched 220 square kilometres of land all throughout Spain.

Sánchez declared on Monday during a trip to the Extremadura region that “climate change kills.” It destroys biodiversity, ecosystems, and people.

In Spain and neighboring Portugal, where temperatures earlier this month reached 47 C, at least 748 heat-related deaths have been documented.

Around 600 Portuguese firefighters battled four significant fires in the country’s north on Monday thanks to much cooler weather.

Authorities also found an older couple’s bodies inside a burned-out car close to Murça. A Portuguese pilot lost his life on Friday when his plane crashed while battling a wildfire in the Torre de Moncorvo municipality in the north.

Since the wildfires started on July 12, more than 37,000 people have also been evicted from their homes and summer holiday destinations in the southern Gironde region of France.

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Authorities forced the evacuation of other villages, displacing 14,900 more people from locations at risk of being in the smoke and flames’ path.

According to a statement from French authorities, one individual has been seized on suspicion of purposefully causing a fire close to Bordeaux.

The risk of fires on Tuesday across the country has also been quite high, according to the Greek Civil Protection Authority.

According to climate experts, unless governments take serious action to halt it, climate change will continue to increase weather extremes and the frequency and destructiveness of wildfires.

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