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Forest fires devastate a large area of ​​Europe

The forest fires that devastate Europe this summer have burned the second largest area on recordeven though the region is only in the middle of its typical fire season, according to data from the Joint Research Center of the European Union.

A dozen European countries have suffered major fires this year, forcing thousands to evacuate and destroying homes and businesses. Countries like Italy, Spain Y France continue to face extreme fire risk. Fires have burned 600,731 hectares in European Union countries so far this year, according to the data.

This figure is the second highest for any year since 2006, when records began. In 2017, 987,844 hectares were burned. The area burned this year is more than double that of Luxembourg. In no other year in the dataset had such a high amount of land burned been recorded in Europe as of August.

The typical fire season in the Mediterranean region runs from June to September. Climate change is exacerbating fires, increasing hot and dry conditions that help them spread faster, burn longer and be more intense, Reuters reported.

The countries of southern Europe, such as Portugal Y Greeceexperience fires most summers, but rising temperatures are causing the risk of serious fires to spread north, with Germany, Slovenia and the Czech Republic among the affected countries this season.

Source: Elintransigente

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