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Forest fire destroys over 2000 hectares of land in Spain


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Spain is in state of extreme weather emergency which faces forest fire as temperatures continue to rise due to the heat wave that hit Europe, authorities said Sunday.

More than 700 troops, hundreds of firefighters, firefighters, helicopters and vehicles are mobilized to extinguish four forest fires in central Spain and northeast of the country with temperatures reaching up to 42 degrees centigrade in some places.

Forest fire that began late Friday in the town of Almorox has destroyed over 2,000 hectares of land and is spreading to Madrid, thus forcing locals to be safer.

Another fire near the city of Toledo, about 60 kilometers southeast, also caused 22 evacuated residents to allow fire extinguishers to be carried out by aircraft that assisted firefighters in the land.

Approximately 60 kilometers west of Almorox, another fire is taking place.

Meanwhile, a major fire in Catalonia, northeastern Spain was finally managed and was in the process of being extinguished, local authorities said in a statement.

“The weather is still in bad shape and the next few hours are a bit critical, not just for fires but also other areas,” the statement said.

All forest fires were followed by extreme heat waves that hit Europe today with some areas in France reportedly record extreme heat wave.

Earlier on June 28, a 17-year-old agricultural worker was confirmed dead by a heat stroke here, the first death case recorded after the heat waves hit Spain and several European countries.

The incident happened after the teenager was reportedly suddenly feeling dizzy and decided to take a bath in the pool, but he suffered a seizure when he got out of the pool, then fainted.

The government of the Andalusian province in southern Spain, in a statement said, teenager was brought to an emergency unit in Cordoba.

Statement said, the teenager was confirmed dead when receiving heart treatment. In the meantime, 34 provinces of 50 territories in Spain have already issued fire alerts.

About 400 firefighters extinguished fires all night, while aircraft and helicopters were ordered to control the fire, in the morning.

Read also: A teenager died from heat stroke in Spain

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