Saturday 19 August 2017

Fire that threatened Spain's Donana National Park 'under control'

Charred trees and plants on the dunes near the access to the Cuesta Maneli beach (Alberto Diaz/AP)
Charred trees and plants on the dunes near the access to the Cuesta Maneli beach (Alberto Diaz/AP)

Firefighters have brought under control a wildfire that threatened Donana National Park, a celebrated conservation wetland and home to the endangered Iberian lynx, Spain's interior minister said.

In a message on his official Twitter account on Tuesday, Juan Ignacio Zoido said that roads had been reopened in the area and some 250 soldiers deployed to combat the blaze were returning to base.

Some 600 firefighters, including the soldiers, have been working to prevent the fire on Spain's south-western coast from spreading east to Donana, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1994.

It was not known when the fire, which started Saturday, might be fully extinguished.

There were no casualties although some 2,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes and campsites.

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