Spain battles with forest fire, Cadalso de los Vidrios town evacuated

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Spain battles with forest fire, Cadalso de los Federios town evacuated
Spain battles with forest fire, Cadalso de los Federios town evacuated

The Spanish authorities have ordered the evacuation of about 40 houses with a huge fire in the center of the country and high temperatures, after many others have been evacuated in the last few days.

According to the phys, there are further evacuations. Emergency services said the police had ordered residents to flee their homes outside the town of Cadalso de los Vidrios, about 80 km southwest of Madrid, at dawn as fire approached.

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“We are helping people to evacuate their homes, you can not do anything else, I feel very helpless,” said Veronica Munoz, Mayor of Cadalso de los Vidrios

Local officials evacuated nearly 200 people on Saturday, with about 350 firefighters and soldiers backed by 14 jets shooting down water, the fire that erupted since Friday evening in the central town of Morrox.

Firefighters said temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius, low humidity and high winds increased the flame.

Another fire near the city of Toledo, about 60 kilometers away, forced the evacuation of 22 residents, officials said.

The fires come at a time when Europe is experiencing a major heatwave, with temperatures in some parts of France reaching record highs.

Meteorologists are blamed for hot air from North Africa due to high temperatures early in the summer, but the heat wave is expected to ease.

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