Spanish firefighters contain wildfires

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Firefighters in northwestern Spain Thursday brought under control a wildfire that destroyed more than 1,700 hectares of land, regional authorities said.

The blaze, which erupted Sunday in the Laza district of the rugged Galicia region, was one of the largest of this summer in Spain.

It destroyed 1,715 hectares (18,000 acres), including 24 hectares of forest, the regional government said in a statement.

It said two other smaller fires in the region, which had burnt 150 and 393 hectares respectively, were also under control Thursday.

Another wildfire in the Galicia region caused the death of two firemen last month and destroyed some 750 hectares.

Galicia borders Portugal which had also battled summer wildfires.

A fire on the Spanish Mediterranean resort island of Ibiza last month forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 partygoers and scorched hundreds of hectares.

© 2010 AFP

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