France got help from EU countries to fight the fierce forest fires

Firefighters and aircraft from several European Union (EU) countries are engaged to combat a raging wildfire in France, the European Commission announced.

Firefighters from Germany, Poland, Austria and Romania are to assist their French counterparts after France asked the European Union (EU) for help to fight the fires south of Bordeaux, about two weeks after they first came under control. The latter had erupted, the DPA news agency reported.

France will also receive four firefighting aircraft currently stationed in Greece and Sweden.

As the prefecture declared on Thursday, about 1,100 emergency workers are fighting the flames, while 10,000 people had to leave their homes and 6,800 hectares of land were destroyed by the flames.

Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne thanked firefighters during a visit to the south of Bordeaux on Thursday.

He added that France should prepare itself to be able to fight the fires, which are exacerbated by climate change, even better in the future.

He said deforestation should take into account sustainability and climate change.

“This drought is the worst ever recorded in our country,” Bourne announced at the end of last week.

Several major wildfires also broke out in the northern regions of France this summer. According to the province of Maine-et-Loire, the fire destroyed about 1,400 hectares of land near Bauz.

Regarding the fire, Environment Minister Christophe Bechu told local media on Thursday that “what we have experienced here is unprecedented”.

The fire brigade had never seen such a fierce fire there. Global warming means that the northern regions may also be increasingly affected by fires, he said.

According to the European Commission, France has also requested data from the European Union’s Copernicus satellite on the burned areas.

President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter that 10,000 French firefighters and civil defense personnel are currently battling fires across the country.

“Our allies are helping France,” he tweeted. “European solidarity is working.”

According to officials, a special unit of firefighters from Bonn, Düsseldorf, Leverkusen, Königswinter and Ratingen in neighboring Germany’s Rhineland made their way to France.

He was accompanied by comrades from the State of Lower Saxony, the supply unit of St John’s First Aid, as well as experts from the aid organization @fire.

France is facing a particularly bad fire season as the country is currently facing another summer and temperatures are expected to reach 35 degrees Celsius.

According to EU data, more than 57,000 hectares of land has been burned so far this year, compared to about 30,000 hectares in 2021.

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