Forest fires in the EU are almost four times the 15-year average

Firefighters attempt to put out a forest fire in Lusha, France on July 17.

A firefighter fights a fire in the suburb of Pallini, east of Athens, Greece on July 20.

Residents of the Las Llanadas area on the Spanish island of Tenerife rush to evacuate their animals from the area on July 23.

Firefighters spray flame retardant in Hosting, France on July 22.

Police and local residents try to put out a forest fire in the village of Vatera, Greece, on July 23.

Burnt patches on Mont Saint-Michel-de-Braspard in Saint-Rivual, France on July 22.

Residents of the Greek village of Vrysa await evacuation on July 24.

Fire engines burn during a wildfire near Braspar, France, on July 19.

This aerial photograph shows burnt olive trees and fields in Megara, Greece on July 20.

A local resident puts out a fire with a shovel in Tabara, Spain on July 19.

A forest fire burns atop a mountain in the northern suburbs of Athens on July 19.

Helicopters drop water on a fire in Avila, Spain on July 18.

Firefighters rest in Catalonia, Spain on July 17.

A fire engine drove through El Pont de Vilomara, Spain on July 18.

A forest fire burns in a forest near the Portuguese village of Memoria on July 12.

Burnt-out cars in central Portugal on July 14.

This aerial photograph shows destruction in a residential area following a major fire in London on 20 July.

Firefighters work in Avila on July 18.

A firefighter and a member of the Spanish Civil Guard watch a fire in Zamora, Spain, July 18.

The aircraft takes part in extinguishing fires in Portugal on July 14.

Burnt cars and trees at a campsite in southwestern France on July 19.

Firefighters try to put out a fire in the French communes of Landiras and Guyot on July 13.

Firefighters work in Rebolo, Portugal on July 14.

A local resident tries to stop a fire from reaching houses in Figueres, Portugal, on July 12.

A cloud of smoke rises over the Dune Pilate in the Arcachon Basin in southwestern France on July 13.

A firefighter watches firefighting in Espit, Portugal on July 13.

Wildfire burns through vegetation in Landiras, France on July 13.

People rest after being evacuated from a campsite in western France July 13.

People look at plumes of smoke caused by a forest fire in Malaga, Spain on July 15.

People take pictures of a fire plane flying over La Teste-de-Buch, France, on July 14.

Firefighters set fire to a patch of land to prevent the wildfire from spreading further in Lucha, France, on July 17.

Residents watch as a column of smoke rises from a fire in Pobra do Brollón, Spain, on July 17.

Residents of Alhaurin el Grande, Spain, were evacuated due to a fire in the Sierra de Mijas mountain range on July 15.

A firefighter extinguishes a flame in the village of Ancede in Portugal on July 15.