Large-scale fires are spreading in the southwestern part of Bulgaria near the city of Kyustendil amid extremely hot weather. In the village of Dolno-Selo, at least 15 houses and a school burned down, the situation is assessed as critical, two women were injured.
"A very strong wind began, which led to a short circuit in the wires and the subsequent rapidly spreading fire. Two women were hospitalized with combustion products poisoning, the residents were evacuated, but many of them stayed and are helping the firefighters to cope with the fire," the head told the TV channel settlement Lozan Taskov.
In recent days, extreme levels of danger due to wildfires have been declared in different parts of the country due to the heat. Continuing hot weather and strong winds have sharply increased the likelihood of a fire developing and spreading rapidly, the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology said. In some places the air temperature exceeds 40 degrees in the shade, in the rest of Bulgaria the temperature exceeds 35 degrees. Meteorologists have already recorded several temperature records.
Firefighters report from more than 400 hotbeds of fire in the past few days, the most difficult situation is in the area of Plovdiv, Pazardzhik, Pernik, Kyustendil and Blagoevgrad, where forest fires broke out, military personnel and volunteers came to the aid of the firefighters.
In the coming days, according to forecasts of meteorologists, in Bulgaria hot weather will continue. It is also hot in the resorts of the Black Sea coast of the republic - about 33 degrees, the water temperature is 26-27 degrees.