Wildfires Rage Across Europe As Videos Show Devastation of Heatwave

Wildfire videos showing the destructive impact of the heatwave currently gripping Europe have begun to be shared online.

Countries in Western Europe, including Spain, Portugal, France and the United Kingdom, have seen sweltering temperatures over the last few days with the mercury reaching as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit in some places.

These intense temperatures have resulted in wildfires and video footage of the devastation has started to circulate on Twitter.

A video posted by the Twitter page Other Europe claims to show a wildfire moving through a forest in Malaga, Spain.

"Flames and smoke from a forest fire have put residents in Malaga province on alert," the page wrote as a caption. "More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from homes due to a large wildfire near Mijas, a town in the province of Malaga."

Another video, posted by Twitter page TheHotshotWakeup: Podcast, from Spain claims to show a huge clown of smoke with helicopters attempting to put out some of the blaze.

"Spain: A massive rotating fire column is seen in the countryside of Spain," the video was captioned.

"Aviation and ground resources continue to work to gain some sort of control over these fires," it added.

Another video circulating on Twitter appears to show a wildfire in Portugal.

In the video, posted by Twitter page Millennaires, trees can be seen burning quickly as smoke creates a haze at street level.

People can be seen running in the distance as the fire quickly spreads to other areas.

The impact of wildfires in France due to the intense weather has also been shared online.

Reuters shared a video on its Twitter page of a broadcast speaking about south west France dealing with the fires.

More than 1,000 firefighters have been battling to get the wildfires under control in France's Gironde region over the past few days, according to a Reuters report.

About 14,000 people have been evacuated from the area and more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of land was on fire in the Gironde region on Saturday.

In the latest weather warning, 38 of France's 96 departments were listed on "orange" alert, with residents of those areas urged to be vigilant.

The heatwave in western France is expected to peak on Monday, with temperatures climbing above 104 Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).

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Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at Eiriz in Baiao, north of Portugal, on July 15, 2022. Countries in western Europe, including Spain, Portugal, France and the United Kingdom, have seen sweltering temperatures over the last few days Patricia De Melo Moreira/Getty

Wildfires have also been burning across the U.S., with a blaze in Utah destroying more than 4,000 acres after a man's generator reportedly exploded.

Texas, California, and several other U.S. states are also currently experiencing extreme droughts, which could mean that wildfires are no longer restricted to the summer months.

The latest BBC Weather Europe forecast has noted that temperatures in Western Europe will remain high for the next few days.

The U.K. could also see its record high temperatures in the new week.

"Unprecedented temperatures are expected over the next couple of days [in the U.K.] "BBC Weather forecaster Ben Rich said.

Speaking about temperatures for Europe from Monday onwards, he said: "Some of the really hot weather, that we have had in Portugal and southern Spain, is starting to ease.

"But northern Spain and southern France are looking very hot indeed, 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit (41C) for Bordeaux and 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40C) for Paris .

"102.2 degrees Fahrenheit (40C) for across some parts of England and Wales, extraordinary temperatures.

"The all-time temperature record may be broken over the next couple of days, if not on Monday maybe on Tuesday where it stays very hot."