Lower temperatures helped firefighters stabilize Monday Forest fire in northwestern Spain, which is reportedly the largest in the country.
The fire in the Sierra de Culebra mountain range in the province of Zamora has so far burned 31,000 hectares (77,000 acres). The state news agency Efe said it was the largest in history since a fire in the southwestern province of Huelva destroyed just under 30,000 hectares in 2004.
While the fire in Zamora has not been under full control, there are no more flames and it is no longer spreading, authorities said on Monday.
The drop in rising temperatures has allowed about 650 firefighters, backed by discharge planes, to establish a perimeter around spill which began on Wednesday. People from 18 villages had to be evacuated last week.
Elsewhere, 900 people were evacuated from 13 villages in the northern region of Navarre, where two forest fires are still active.
Spain is on the alert for intense forest fires, as last week the country experienced record temperatures in many places for June. Experts attribute the unusually hot period for Europe to climate change.
In Germany, heavy rains on Monday and Monday largely helped put out two large forest fires about 20 kilometers (12 miles) apart southwest of Berlin. Authorities said hundreds of people were able to return to their homes after being evacuated as a precautionary measure over the weekend. Roads were also reopened.
Hundreds of firefighters remained on the scene, fearing the wind could rekindle embers.
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