Major wildfire in southwestern France no longer spreading

Sep 14, 2022, 1:03 PM | Updated: Sep 15, 2022, 4:00 am
This photo provided by the SDIS33 fire brigade shows firemen watering embers in a forest near Saumo...

This photo provided by the SDIS33 fire brigade shows firemen watering embers in a forest near Saumos, southwestern France, Thursday, Sept.15, 2022. A major wildfire that ravaged forests in southwestern France stopped spreading Thursday, according to local authorities. The prefecture of the Gironde region said the wildfire has burned more than 37 square kilometers (14 square miles) since Monday, leading to the evacuation of 1,840 people. (SDIS33 via AP)

(SDIS33 via AP)

PARIS (AP) — A major wildfire that ravaged forests in southwestern France stopped spreading Thursday, according to local authorities.

The prefecture of the Gironde region said the wildfire has burned more than 37 square kilometers (14 square miles) since Monday, leading to the evacuation of 1,840 people.

Over 1,000 firefighters, six Canadair aircrafts, three Dash planes and two helicopters have been fighting the flames.

A series of heat waves has compounded a critical drought that has hit much of Europe this summer, creating prime wildfire conditions.

More than 646 square kilometers (249 square miles) of forest has burned so far this year in France, more than any other year in the past decade, according to the European Forest Fire Information System.

The touristic Gironde region was hit in July and August by giant wildfires that forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents and vacationers.

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Major wildfire in southwestern France no longer spreading