Firefighters in Spain are battling flames amid an unusual heat wave

BARCELONA, Spain: The firefighters are Spain on Sunday, he is battling wildfires in several parts of the country, which is suffering from an unusual heat wave at this time of year.
The worst damage is in the northwestern province of Zamora where more than 25,000 hectares (61,000 acres) are occupied, regional authorities said.
The fire, which broke out in the Sierra de la Culebra in Zamora, forced the evacuation of at least 10 villages, although the drop in temperatures during the night helped some efforts. More than 500 firefighters are backed by planes and helicopters to dump water in the sparsely populated area.
Authorities are on the alert for intense forest fires, with Spain warming below record temperatures in many parts of the country in June. Experts attribute the unusually hot period for Europe to climate change. Thermometers have risen above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in many Spanish cities throughout the week – temperatures are usually expected in August.
The lack of rainfall this year, combined with gusts of wind, created the conditions for the fires.
Authorities said gusts of up to 70 km / h (43 mph) that changed course unevenly, combined with temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius, made it very difficult for crews.
“The fire managed to cross a 500-meter-wide reservoir and reach the other side to give you an idea of ​​the difficulties we are facing,” Juan Suarez-Quinones, a Castilian-Leon official for Spanish state television, told Spanish state television. TVE.
The fire in Zamora began with an electric storm on Wednesday, authorities said. The spread of the fire caused the suspension of the high-speed train from Madrid to northwestern Spain on Saturday. He was reinstated Sunday morning.
Military fire brigades are stationed in Zamora, Navarre and Layda.
No casualties were reported, but the flames have reached the outskirts of some villages in both Zamora and central Navarre. Videos taken by passengers in cars show flames licking sides of the road. In other villages, residents watched in despair as black feathers rose from the nearby hills.
In central Navarre, authorities evacuated about 15 small villages as a precautionary measure, as high temperatures are not expected to fall until Wednesday.
They also asked farmers to stop using heavy machinery that could inadvertently cause a fire.
“The situation remains delicate. We have various active fires due to extremely high temperatures and strong winds, “Navarre Regional Vice President Javier Remires told TVE.
Remirez said some villages have seen damaged buildings on their outskirts.
Some wildlife had to be evacuated from a Navarra animal park and taken to the bullring for safekeeping, authorities said.
Forest fires are also active in three parts of the northeast Catalonia: in Lleida, in Tarragona and in the natural park in Garaf, south of Barcelona.

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