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When wildfires surrounded his family-run farm in northeast Spain four years ago, all that Pau Figueras Mundo could do was watch, helplessly, as the flames edged closer. Though his goat and sheep farm in Girona remained intact, the fires raged for two days, burning through 550 hectares of land and forcing more than 100 people to evacuate.The fire still haunts Mundo – and now that the 36-year-old has a young family of his own, knowing it could happen again is even more terrifying.Over the summer, Europe was scorched by wildfires, fueled by hotter temperatures, high winds and poorly managed forest and scrubland that can often burn along roads and near villages and towns, fire experts say.In July, Italian firefighters fought more than 1,000 wildfires amid high temperatures and drought.ANIMAL 'FIRE BRIGADE'With the threat of worsening wildfires on their doorstep, farmers like Mundo and Judite Nadal, also living in rural Girona, are now stepping up an old agricultural practice: Using their animals to graze dense forests to reduce the severity of wildfires.
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