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Forest fires ravage northwest Spain

Published on 16/08/2010

Spanish firefighters Monday battled forest fires in the northwestern Galicia region which have already caused the death of two firemen and destroyed some 750 hectares, local authorities said.

They said two blazes, in the regions of Muxia and Camarins, were under control Monday, while others in Baiona, Vimianzo and Santa Comba had been extinguished.

The authorities said these fires had destroyed some 300 hectares.

Another blaze which broke out near the city of La Coruna during the night of Saturday to Sunday was still active, having so far destroyed some 450 hectares.

More than 200 soldiers from outside Galicia and 15 water-dropping aircraft have arrived to help the firefighters already in place.

On Friday, two firefighters died in a forest fire in Galicia that authorities suspect was deliberately set.

Galicia borders Portugal which is also battling summer wildfires.