High temperatures, strong winds and a lack of rainfall mean parts of Europe are battling widespread wildfires.
The worst are in southern France, northwestern Spain as well as Portugal and on the island of Madeira.
At least four people have died and hundreds have needed medical treatment.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes.
Thousands of firefighters are battling the worst wildfire for twenty years in southern France.
Many residents have been forced from their homes in towns near the Mediterranean city of Marseille.
Southern France battles bush fires. More than 1,000 residents evacuated https://t.co/ql8ZBdnWtN via
abcnews</a> <a href="https://t.co/LxsD2LJO7R">pic.twitter.com/LxsD2LJO7R</a></p>— FrenchEntrée (FrenchEntree) August 11, 2016
Incendies dans les Bouches-du-Rhône : l'homme placé en garde à vue est ressorti libre vendredi via
bleuprovence</a> <a href="https://t.co/D0a9okV8Yw">https://t.co/D0a9okV8Yw</a></p>— France Bleu Provence (bleuprovence) August 12, 2016
There have been more than 100 fires in Portugal, the worst of them on the Atlantic island of Madeira.
Three elderly people have died in a wildfire that has swept Madeira’s main city, Funchal.
The head of the regional government says the three victims died in their homes in the early hours of Wednesday.
More than 300 needed treatment for smoke inhalation and minor burns.
At least 37 houses and a five-star hotel have burned to the ground.
Two people have been arrested.
Portugal battles deadly forest fires https://t.co/2ugmLMh99Z— AFP news agency (
AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/763514666819747840">August 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Over 300 fires still active... It's heartbreaking 😢💔 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Prayforourfirefighters?src=hash">#Prayforourfirefighters</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayForPortugal?src=hash">#PrayForPortugal</a> 🙏 <a href="https://t.co/UFm1xaFADq">pic.twitter.com/UFm1xaFADq</a></p>— Sílvia PT (grey_portugal) August 10, 2016
Wild fires above Funchal in Madeira, Portugal. pic.twitter.com/KzhmOcyvH9— martin ion (@martin_ion) August 8, 2016
Fires are continuing to rage in northwestern Spain.
Nine separate forest fires have been reported in Galicia.
Three of them are threatening houses in the
northern part of the region.
Some residents have been evacuated from their homes.
- 6,000 hectares of land have been destroyed
- “Situation 2” risk to inhabited areas maintained for towns of Arbo, Crecente y Porto Do Son
- Cause of fire is unknown
Locals battle to stop a #wildfire which began at #Soutomayor village in #Pontevedra northwestern #Spain 📷
corralfoto</a> <a href="https://t.co/p6FcgeMd3P">pic.twitter.com/p6FcgeMd3P</a></p>— SundayTimesPictures (STPictures) August 11, 2016
CNN Weather Center (
CNNweather) <a href="https://twitter.com/CNNweather/status/763763797605572608">August 11, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">SPAIN - A member of a wildfire brigade tries to extinguish a fire in Arbo. By <a href="https://twitter.com/MiguelRiopa">MiguelRiopa #AFP pic.twitter.com/Fx0JTyfq22— AFP Photo Department (@AFPphoto) August 11, 2016