Spanish firefighters hope to contain Ibiza blaze

24th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Despite wind and heat Spanish firefighters said they hoped to contain Tuesday a blaze on the resort island of Ibiza that has forced the evacuation of over partygoers and scorched hundreds of hectares.

"The heat has made the work (of the firefighters) difficult," said a spokesman for the island's emergency services.

"We're working to try to get the fire under control during the course of the day," he added.

The fire broke out Sunday at Benirras on the northeastern coast of the Mediterranean island, forcing the evacuation of around 1,200 partygoers who had gathered at the town's beach.

All of the island's firefighters have been mobilised to combat the blaze, which now threatens around 30 homes and a hotel.

It has so far scorched about 350 hectares (850 acres) of vegetation and destroyed some 30 cars, according to emergency services.

The blaze has injured four people since Sunday.

© 2010 AFP

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