Forest fire in southern reserve "worst ever"

5th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Environmentalists described the fire which raged in the Strait of Gibraltar Natural Park Thursday as the worst ever disaster.

5 September 2008

MADRID -- A fire raging across the southernmost tip of mainland Spain had burnt more than 480 hectares of cork forest and scrubland by Thursday night in what environmentalists described as the worst ever disaster in the Strait of Gibraltar Natural Park.

More than 1,000 people were evacuated as the blaze raged in a forested area between the city of Algeciras and the popular windsurfing resort of Tarifa. Andalusian regional Premier Manuel Chaves said the fire, which began on Wednesday, was probably started intentionally and stressed that authorities will "do all they can to find those responsible".

Firefighters, helped by helicopters and water-dumping planes, said they expected to bring the fire under control overnight.

The Strait of Gibraltar Natural Park is a haven for birds migrating between Europe and Africa.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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