Thousands evacuated in France as wildfires blaze throughout southern Europe
Euronews says FIREFIGHTERS continued to battle wildfires raging out of control in France, Spain and Portugal on Sunday as Europe wilted under an unusually extreme heatwave that authorities in Madrid blamed for hundreds of deaths.
Two huge blazes, which have consumed pine forests for six days in southwestern France, have forced the evacuation of some 14,000 people.
Water-dropping planes zig-zagged the area near Bordeaux as smoke blanketed the skyline above a mass of singed trees, in images shared by firefighters.
Some of the worst fires seen so far have been in Portugal, where the pilot of a firefighting plane died on Friday after his plane crashed while on an operation in the northeast.