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Wildfires Burn in France and Spain After Scorching Heatwaves

A combination of high temperatures, drought and strong winds is making it harder to control the blazes

Firefighters are struggling to control blazes in France’s Gulf of Saint Tropez and in the Spanish province of Avila, another manifestation of dangerous global warming that’s already caused a long list of extreme weather events this summer.  

A wildfire burned through 5,000 hectares in France’s Var department, leading to the deployment of about 900 firefighters and the evacuation of at least 10,000 people, according to local authorities. A separate fire in Avila consumed at least 15,000 hectares, the government said.