Updated: 10/16/2017 12:49:05 PM
More than 1,200 hectares of forest burnt down in less than 24 hours as fire fighters struggled to control a wild fire in Catalonia. Up to 130 fire fighters and 11 aerial craft have been working to control the blazes which broke out on Sunday (July 26) in the areas of Odena, El Bruc, Castellfollit del Boix, Sant Salvador de Guardiola and Castelloli.
Updated: 10/16/2017 12:48:34 PM
The northern Spanish region of Navarra has been hit by its worst wildfires in 30 years.
Fueled by high summer temperatures and strong winds, around 3000 hectares are estimated to have been destroyed.
Dozens of fire crews were battling the blazes throughout the night on Thursday, which are now said to be contained but not extinguished.
Updated: 10/16/2017 12:47:44 PM
A wildfire has forced more than 2,000 people to flee homes, campsites and hotels in southwest Spain.
The flames have reached the protected zone around a national park famed for its biodiversity, with strong heat and wind hampering fire crews’ efforts to bring it under control.
The blaze broke out on Saturday night near Huelva in the Andalusia region and may have been started deliberately according to Spanish media reports.
The mass evacuation came as Spain seeks to avoid the human tragedy seen in neighbouring Portugal where a forest fire claimed over 60 lives last week.
Published Monday, October 16, 2017
Over 800 people were evacuated from the villages of Ca l’Esteve, El Bosc Gran and Monserrat Parc in Ódena near Barcelona, after wildfires broke out over the weekend.
At least 1,000 hectares of vegetation have been destroyed by the fire, which broke out on Sunday afternoon. While the fire continues to rage, firefighters have stabilized the perimeter ensuring the flames did not expand further overnight, according to the Spanish Huffington Post.
To make matters worse, firefighters from Spain’s forest firefightingservice (BRIF) began an indefinite strike on Monday in protest against working conditions and low pay.
Spain Wildfires Facts
Affected Area: 50 km.
Alert Level: Orange