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Spanish Wildfire Explodes in Size as Historic Drought Grips Europe

HeadlineAug 15, 2022

In northeastern Spain, authorities ordered 1,500 people in eight villages to evacuate their homes after a large wildfire exploded in size overnight Saturday. It’s Spain’s 43rd large wildfire of the year. This comes as firefighters from across Europe are battling huge fires in France, where recent rains have helped bring some blazes under control. The European Forest Fire Information System reports a record pace of wildfires this year with over 1.6 million acres burned. Much of Europe has faced record heat this summer, with meteorologists warning the climate crisis could soon bring about the continent’s worst drought in more than 500 years.

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