Wildfire erupts in Spanish game reserve

24th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain is seeing the highest amount of wildfires in the past decade, as another fire breaks out in Zamora province.

Madrid – Firefighters on Sunday battled a wildfire that erupted in a game reserve in northwestern Spain and forced around 100 people to evacuate their homes, regional authorities said.

They said the blaze broke out on Sunday afternoon in the Sierra de la Culebra reserve, home to wolves, wild boar and deer, in Zamora province near the Portuguese border.

Authorities evacuated more than a hundred people from the village of Cabanas de Aliste and closed a stretch of the rail line between the cities of Zamora and Ourense.

Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze, backed by water-dropping aircraft.

In the northeastern region of Aragon meanwhile, authorities said firefighters were still working to extinguish a fire that broke out in a military zone on Tuesday.

The blaze, which destroyed 6,250 hectares (15,400 acres) of woodland and scrubland, was declared under control on Friday night.

Spain has been hit by dozens of wildfires since last month as temperatures soared to 40 C (104 F) in much of the country. The blazes have claimed eight lives, including six firefighters.

Between 1 January and 9 August wildfires have ravaged 84,064 hectares of land in Spain, more than during all of last year and the highest amount in the past decade, figures released Wednesday by the environment ministry showed.

AFP / Expatica

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