Hundreds of firefighters battle blaze in Spain

Some 350 firefighters backed by four waterbombers and two helicopters were fighting a large blaze Wednesday in Spain's northeastern province of Castellon.

Hundreds of firefighters battle blaze in Spain
Some 350 firefighters backed by four waterbombers and two helicopters were fighting a large blaze Wednesday in Spain's northeastern province of Castellon.

The fire has burned 1,500 hectares of scrub and farmland, and forced 33 people to evacuate, officials said.

The Valencia regional government has raised its forest fire alert to the highest level after forecasts said the temperature was likely to hit 39 degrees Celsius.

The authorities believe Wednesday's fire was started by sparks created by a maintenance team during repairs to an electrical line in the area.

Fires had devoured 56,534 hectares of land in Spain by Aug. 19 this year, compared to 136,429 in the same period last year, according to an Environment Ministry statement.

Spain's Canary Islands account for around two-thirds of the land ravaged in 2007 following the fires in late July.

Agencies
Last Mod: 30 Ağustos 2007, 17:42
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