April 16, 2021

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Spain: Forest fire forces 3,100 people to evacuate

BARCELONA— A wildfire out of control in the southern region of Andalusia has forced more than 3,100 people to evacuate, Spanish authorities said Sunday.

The fire started Thursday in the mountains near the town of Almonaster la Real, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of the city of Seville. The incident has already burned 100 square kilometers (38.5 square miles).

Sixteen helicopters and eight planes are helping more than 500 people, including firefighters and army emergency personnel, who worked day and night on weekends to fight it.

The wind died down overnight and that made the task of the crews a bit easier, but authorities anticipate that intense winds will strengthen the fire. Workers are struggling to access all affected areas due to the rugged terrain, authorities said.

Another 70 people were evacuated Saturday because of a forest fire in Mula, a small town in the southeastern region of Murcia. Firefighters are also trying to extinguish two other fires in the western region of Extremadura.

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