Forest fire destroys 2,000 hectares near Toledo

26th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 August 2005, TOLEDO — A forest fire which has destroyed 2,000 hectares of land in western Spain was thought to be under control.

26 August 2005

TOLEDO — A forest fire which has destroyed 2,000 hectares of land in western Spain was thought to be under control.

A number of planes, seven helicopters and scores of firefighters were battling to bring the blaze near Toledo under control since Thursday afternoon.

Initially, it had threatened to engulf the town of Sevilleja de la Jara, but its spread had been halted near another town called Monte Cañadilla.

However, fears remained that if winds mounted, it could flare up again over the weekend.

Authorities said 2,000 hectares had been destroyed near Toledo and another 1,000 towards Cáceres.

Residents of the village of Minas de Santa Quiteria, near Sevilleja de la Jara, faced the threat that they would have to leave their homes as a precautionary measure.

It is the third forest fire this summer in Sevilleja de la Jara.

In all there have been 18,000 forest fires in Spain this year, 277 of which were started on purpose or through negligence.

In July, 11 firefighters were killed when the wind changed and they were trapped by a blaze which was started because a barbeque was not extinguished properly in Castilla-La Mancha.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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