Wildfire devastates 1,500 hectares near Castellon

30th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 August 2007, CASTELLON - A wildfire continued raging in eastern Spain on Thursday after devastating more than 1,500 hectares of forest, bush and farmland in three days, emergency coordinators said.

30 August 2007

CASTELLON - A wildfire continued raging in eastern Spain on Thursday after devastating more than 1,500 hectares of forest, bush and farmland in three days, emergency coordinators said.

More than 300 firefighters and soldiers battled the blaze which earlier prompted the evacuation of dozens of people mainly from Les Useres near Castellon.

Authorities established an emergency team to coordinate the groups participating in the firefighting effort.

The fire was believed to have started accidentally by workers using an electrical saw.

Meanwhile in Riba-roja d'Ebre near Tarragona, firefighters managed to stabilize a fire which destroyed 214 hectares of forest, partly in a protected area.

Nearly 27,000 hectares of forested land have burned in Spain this year, 66 per cent less than during the corresponding period in 2006 and the lowest level since 1997, the daily El Pais reported.

Experts attributed the drop to milder temperatures, with no more than three consecutive days with more than 35 degrees Celsius in most places this summer.

Fires affected especially the Canary Islands, where flames consumed more than 10,000 hectares on Gran Canaria and Tenerife. dpa st wjh

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Subject: Spanish news

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