Europe battle a month-old wide fire in France

•Chases out 10,000 people from homes

By Oviri Kelvin

France is presently battling a wide-fire incident which has ravaged over 7000 hectares of pine forest in Gironde near Bordeaux.

The blaze, an outcome of the record-breaking drought that has enveloped the European continent, resulted in the melting of over 2000 years old glaciers in Switzerland which led to the discovery of a plane wreck and body parts from a Piper Cherokee crash that happened in 1968.

According to reports by Daily Mail, the fire outbreak that started in July overwhelmed the firefighters of France who decided to call for assistance from other European countries like Greece, Italy, Romania, Poland and Sweden to extinguish the blaze.

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The drought over Europe is one of a kind as it has dried up lakes, turned evergreen forests into tinder-dry, melted glaciers and resulted in a fire outbreak that has chased out over 10,000 persons from their homes.

Surprisingly, on one of the occasions when the firefighters were tackling the outbreak, they were chased fiercely by a fire tornado that erupted when a wind tornado blew through the fireplace.

However, the multitude of firefighters numbering over 1100, are yet to allay the blaze despite deploying different firefighting strategies including using extinguishing powder from helicopters and water-bombing planes.

Unfortunately, Europe is sweltering during this period caused by the drought that has brought undue heat to the region. Luckily, it has also unravelled the 54-year-old crash of Piper Cherokee of registration HB-OYL in the Aletsch Glacier in Wallis canton, near the Jungfrau and Monch mountain peaks in Switzerland.

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