Spanish fires brought under control

17th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Fires raging through northwestern Spain, which have destroyed more than 750 hectares, were contained or extinguished on Tuesday, local authorities said.

The last active fire in Boiro, in the Galicia region, which has eaten through 450 hectares of forest land since Saturday, was under control on Tuesday morning.

Elsewhere, fires blazing since late Sunday and Monday in Brion, Teo, Muxia and Vimianzo, had been put out. These fires alone destroyed more than 150 hectares, according to early estimates by local authorities.

On Friday, two Spanish firefighters, aged 27 and 35, died in a forest fire in Galicia, which destroyed 100 hectares of bushland. Local authorities suspect arson and have opened an investigation.

Galicia borders Portugal which is also battling summer wildfires.

© 2010 AFP

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