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Strong winds fan Spanish wildfire as response units fight to contain it

A wildfire which began earlier this week between Spain's Valencia and Castellon cities has destroyed around 1,000 hectares of forest, and continued to spread on Friday.

Published: 30th June 2017 04:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th June 2017 04:47 PM   |  A+A-

Damage to property has so far been limited given the location of the fire away from residential properties although people were evacuated from several farms in the region and one road remains closed.

A wildfire which began earlier this week between Spain's Valencia and Castellon cities has continued to spread on Friday. (AP)

By IANS

MADRID: A wildfire which began earlier this week between Spain's Valencia and Castellon cities has continued to spread on Friday, according to emergency services.

It has destroyed around 1,000 hectares of forest in the Sierra de la Calderona natural park, reports Xinhua news agency.

The fire is believed to have been provoked by a lightning strike. On Thursday, it consumed around 600 hectares of land as it was fanned by strong winds throughout the day.

The Regional Authority in the Community of Valencia reported that 482 people, a mixture of fire brigades and members of the Spanish Military Emergency Response Unit (UME), were fighting the fire on Friday morning with the aid of 67 vehicles and 23 helicopters.

Damage to property has so far been limited given the location of the fire away from residential properties although people were evacuated from several farms in the region and one road remains closed.

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