Spain forest fires evacuate 2000
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 6:25a.m.
Officials say a forest fire fanned by gusting winds has forced the evacuation of some 2,000 people from a handful of small mountain towns in eastern Spain.
More than 500 firefighters and 27 water-carrying airplanes and helicopters were deployed Monday to try to extinguish the fire affecting a mountainous area some 50km east of the coastal city of Valencia.
Regional Interior Ministry chief Serafin Castellano told Cope radio station that "the main enemy now is climatic conditions”.
Enrique Silvestre, mayor of Chulilla, said some 1,400 people from his town and the neighbouring village of Gestalgar were evacuated late Sunday, hours after the blaze started.
More than 1600sqkm of forest and countryside have been burnt in wildfires in Spain this year.
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