Friday, May 19, 2023

Wildfire In Spain Forces Hundreds To Evacuate

Wildfire In Spain Forces Hundreds To Evacuate

Firefighters backed by soldiers battled a wildfire in western Spain on Friday that has forced hundreds of people to evacuate from nearby villages, officials said.

Local authorities blame arson for the blaze, which broke out Wednesday near the village of Pinofranqueado in the sparsely populated region of Extremadura bordering Portugal.

The flames have ravaged some 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) of forest and scrubland and forced the evacuation of 700 people from several villages, the regional government said.

Strong winds were "making it extremely difficult to control" the blaze, the president of the regional government, Guillermo Fernandez Vara, told reporters.

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