Firefighers bring blaze in southern Spain under control

17th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

A fire which broke out Tuesday and charred over 4,000 hectares of land has been brought under control, say local officials.

Madrid – Firefighters have controlled a blaze which forced the evacuation of some 500 people and charred over 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres) of land in southern Spain, local officials said Thursday.

Dozens of firefighters backed by 25 water-dropping aircraft battle the blaze which broke out on Tuesday in the Sierra Cabrera in Almeria province, the Andalusia regional government said.

Officials believe the fire, which was fuelled by strong winds and temperatures of nearly 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), was caused by lightening during a dry storm.

Emergency services ordered the evacuation of residents and holiday makers from the towns Turre and Mojacar overnight Tuesday. They returned on Wednesday as the risk diminished.

AFP / Expatica

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