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Out of control wildfire rages in Catalonia

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 27, 2019
A Spanish forest fire raged out of control on Thursday as hundreds of firefighters battled through the night.
Torre del Espanol
Weather   The blaze broke out in Torre del Espanol in the northeastern region of Catalonia
The blaze broke out in Torre del Espanol in the northeastern region of Catalonia and by Thursday had destroyed more than 5,500 hectares (13,500 acres), the regional government said.

The fire could eventually devour 20,000 hectares in what was presented as an "extreme risk", a statement said.

Some 350 firefighters backed by around 230 soldiers and 15 aerial tanker aircraft were at the scene of the blaze, the worst in Catalonia in 20 years.

The fire raged several kilometres from the Asco nuclear plant but officials said the site was not at risk since winds were blowing the flames away from it.

"The difficulties are such that we can't talk about a fire that is under control or in the extinction phase, but rather that we're at a moment when the blaze is getting bigger," regional interior minister Miquel Buch told Catalan radio.

Buch said it might have been caused by "an accumulation of manure in a farm that generated enough heat to explode and generate sparks."


 

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