Thursday 12 December 2019

Firefighters battle wildfire in southern Spain

The fire revived amid high temperatures and windy conditions
The fire revived amid high temperatures and windy conditions

Firefighters are battling a wildfire that broke out on Friday night in southern Spain amid a heatwave.

About 300 firefighters and other emergency crew members worked overnight to extinguish the fire that forced about 15 residents to be evacuated as a precaution, although they later returned safely to their homes.

Local police and firefighters from the southern region of Murcia were unable to determine the blaze's origin, although officials suspect arson.

The flames have affected almost 300 acres of rural land. With the fire apparently under control on Friday night, firefighters suspended their efforts because of lack of visibility, and a combination of rising temperatures and gusty winds revived the fire.

The blaze was considered stable on Saturday morning, though still not completely under control, according to the fire department.

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