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Spain Sends Planes, Helicopters To Combat Forest Fires

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 8:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The government has sent 16 water planes and helicopters to help fight five forest fires in different parts of Spain as summer temperatures soar.

The Environment Ministry said Thursday it sent five planes to combat a blaze near the southern towns of Gualchos and Lujar. Some 500 people have been evacuated from the towns since the fire started Wednesday.

Planes and helicopters were also sent to help extinguish a fire that has destroyed 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of land around the south-central town of Quesada since Sunday.

Firefighters were also trying to extinguish fires that have razed some 1,000 hectares in the provinces of southwestern Huelva, northern Huesca and eastern Castellon.

Spain has been in a heat wave for nearly two weeks, with temperatures reaching 40 C (104 F).