Spain was placed on maximum wildfire alert as authorities in the Mediterranean also battled blazes and braced for a weekend heatwave.
As emergency crews battled eight large fires raged in eastern Spain, another firefighter died in the hospital today, bringing the number to have died from forest fires this week to six.
Around 1,500 people were evacuated from the Mediterranean coastal resort town of Mojacar as flames spread, fanned by dry winds in intense summer heat.
Regional authorities deployed thousands of people and more than 30 aircraft to combat the flames in tinder-dry pine forest regions.
The Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement that it had issued recommendations to help citizens avoid starting fires as temperatures soared to 39.1C yesterday.
Fires in Spain and other Mediterranean countries char hundreds of thousands of acres every year.
Amid soaring temperatures, wildfires also raged on the French island of Corsica, in Greece, and in Italy, where 10-water dropping planes helped combat fires on the island of Sardinia.
Italy’s Department of Civil Protection said it has boosted its air fleet for this year’s fire season. It said one man was killed by fire in Sardinia, while homes were evacuated in five areas of the island.
In Greece, two wildfires north of Athens were contained, but authorities there have issued weekend fire warnings for large parts of the country with temperatures forecast to reach 43C.
Earlier this week, Greece’s government announced wide-ranging firefighting measures, including broader powers by local authorities to order evacuations of fire-threatened areas, and the involvement of the country’s intelligence agency in arresting arsonists.