Forest fires in Spain, 1000 people evacuated

Forest fires in Spain, 1000 people evacuated
Forest fires in Spain, 1000 people evacuated

1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as a wildfire in Avila, Spain, engulfed 10,000 hectares.

Spain's record high temperatures over the weekend of 14 and 15 August were accompanied by a series of wildfires that engulfed various parts of the country, the worst affecting more than 10,000 hectares of land in Navalacruz and the surrounding province of Avila (Castile and Leon).

Serious fires also haunt rescue services in Madrid, Castellón and many other provinces, but the fire that broke out Saturday morning along the N-502 highway in Navalacruz is by far the largest and threatens forests and livestock, as well as villages and cities. … More than 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the municipalities of Riofrío, Sotalbo, Solosancho, Sobledillo and Villaviciosa and temporarily housed in public buildings and tents provided by the Municipality of Avila.

In the effort to bring the fire under control, officers from the Military Emergency Management Unit (UME) have been joined by hundreds of firefighters from Avila and neighboring provinces.

Other fires reported over the weekend included the Asuebara (Castellón) fire, which forced the evacuation of local residents and affected 400 hectares of land, and the Batres (Madrid) fire.

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