Firefighters struggle as forest blaze rages

11th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 April 2005, TARRAGONA - A huge forest fire is raging out of control near Tarragona, in north-east Spain.

11 April 2005

TARRAGONA - A huge forest fire is raging out of control near Tarragona, in north-east Spain.

Five aerial teams of fire fighters and scores of officers on the ground were trying to bring the blaze under control near Borges del Camp in Catalonia.

The blaze, which started on Sunday, is expected to destroy up to 90 hectares of countryside, but fire teams were confident they could bring it under control late on Monday.

The fire started on Sunday near a main road, C-242, in an area known locally as Los Pedrets.

It quickly moved to Borges del Camp and during the night moved in a north-east direction towards the villages of Maspujols and Aleixar. It destroyed a number of gardens but not the houses.

Fire fighters, who have been working through the night to keep the blaze under control, are trying to direct the flames towards a natural scrubland which should stop it from spreading.

Aircraft and helicopters dropping water on to the fire should hopefully put out the flames, fire teams said.

Firefighters have been hampered by the thick and remote areas of vegetation which have made it hard to get water supplies to the blaze and have allowed the blaze to take hold easily.

Up to 90 hectares of white pine forest have been destroyed in all.

Up to 230 people living nearby had to be evacuated on Sunday as the fire spread rapidly towards their homes, fire teams said.

They were allowed to return on Monday as long as long as they were ready to leave at short notice. Only three spent the night in a hostel.

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Subject: Spanish news

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