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Thousands Evacuated to Safety as Firefighters Struggle to Contain Wildfires in Spain.

Thousands Evacuated to Safety as Firefighters Struggle to Contain Wildfires in Spain.

A raging wildfire has engulfed almost 10,000 hectares in the Vall de Ebo in the province of Alicante in south-eastern Spain and this has forced the evacuation of over a thousand people.

It has been revealed that an estimated 300 firefighters have been battling the wildfire which was caused by a bolt of lightning on Saturday. Valencia’s regional government, represented by its interior minister, Gabriela Bravo has revealed that the fire had spread rapidly after being fuelled by strong winds.

Bravo had told reporters, that about 300 firefighters were battling the flames, supported by 24 planes and helicopters.

“At the moment we are looking at about over 9,500 hectares burnt with a perimeter of 65 kilometers,” the regional president Ximo Puig had announced late Monday, ascribing the blaze as enormous.

“It’s a very complicated situation and the fire is posing enormous difficulties that are really impossible to tackle with the speed we would like.”

Firefighters in other regions were also battling two additional wildfires north of Valencia city, with numerous firefighters and an estimated 10 firefighting planes engaged in the operation.

Further north, firefighters in Aragon were hoping to control another powerful blaze that started on Saturday, and so far, it has burnt over 6,000 hectares of land, forcing at least 1,500 people from their homes to safety.

Spain has recorded about a total of 391 wildfires, fuelled by the sweltering temperatures and drought conditions, which have burnt a total of 271,020 hectares of land, according to the latest data from the European Forest Fire Information System.A raging wildfire has engulfed almost 10,000 hectares in the Vall de Ebo in the province of Alicante in south-eastern Spain and this has forced the evacuation of over a thousand people.

It has been revealed that an estimated 300 firefighters have been battling the wildfire which was caused by a bolt of lightning on Saturday. Valencia’s regional government, represented by its interior minister, Gabriela Bravo has revealed that the fire had spread rapidly after being fuelled by strong winds.

Bravo had told reporters, that about 300 firefighters were battling the flames, supported by 24 planes and helicopters.

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“At the moment we are looking at about over 9,500 hectares burnt with a perimeter of 65 kilometers,” the regional president Ximo Puig had announced late Monday, ascribing the blaze as enormous.

“It’s a very complicated situation and the fire is posing enormous difficulties that are really impossible to tackle with the speed we would like.”

Firefighters in other regions were also battling two additional wildfires north of Valencia city, with numerous firefighters and an estimated 10 firefighting planes engaged in the operation.

Further north, firefighters in Aragon were hoping to control another powerful blaze that started on Saturday, and so far, it has burnt over 6,000 hectares of land, forcing at least 1,500 people from their homes to safety.

Spain has recorded about a total of 391 wildfires, fuelled by the sweltering temperatures and drought conditions, which have burnt a total of 271,020 hectares of land, according to the latest data from the European Forest Fire Information System.

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