Fire in Spain's Majorca forces 200 to flee

2013-08-21 12:54


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Madrid - Around 200 people were force to flee from a fire raging on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca on Wednesday, local authorities said.

About 450 hectares of forest were destroyed in the blaze, which was still out of control on the Mediterranean island although 130 people had been mobilised to try to put out the flames.

A spokesperson for the local government said about 200 people and 50 homes had been evacuated in the area on the northeast of the island, which is known for its agro-tourism.

Spain is highly prone to forest fires in summer because of soaring temperatures, strong winds and dry vegetation.

Last year wildfires destroyed about 150 000 hectares of land from January to July, after one of the driest winters on record.

This year the winter was wetter and there have been fewer summer fires so far.

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