Spain keeps burning

2009-07-28 20:09
Madrid - Firefighters battled a raging wildfire in north-eastern Spain on Tuesday but gained the upper hand against other blazes after a week-long struggle that has killed six firefighters, officials said.

Dozens of firefighters were battling the blaze in the north-eastern region of Aragon, which was badly affected by the wildfires with over 11 700 hectares lost to the flames, the regional government said in a statement.

Five other blazes which erupted in the region last week were still burning but were now under control, it added.

Firefighters have also brought a wildfire near the eastern town of Las Hurdes which forced the evacuation of over 500 people under control, a spokesperson for the regional government of Extremadura said.

Over 500 firefighters were working to completely extinguish the blaze which appeared to have been brought under control on Sunday but flared up again in the early hours of Monday due to strong winds which fanned the flames.

The residents who were evacuated were allowed to return to their homes later on Monday after the risk from the flames and smoke abated.

A fire near the Horta de Sant Joan in north-eastern Spain which claimed the lives of five firefighters last week was completely extinguished, firefighters said. Another firefighter died battling a fire in Aragon last week.

With temperatures forecast to hit 40°C in many parts of Spain on Tuesday, the interior ministry maintained three-fourths of Spain on "maximum" alert for wildfires.

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