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Firefighters battle two new wildfires

One blaze burns in Conca de Barberà, in western Catalonia, while another wildfire is active in the northern Alt Empordà county

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24 July 2021 07:42 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Firefighters in Catalonia are battling two wildfires burning from Saturday afternoon.

One blaze is active in Santa Coloma de Queralt, a municipality in the Conca de Barberà county, in the southern region of Tarragona.

As of 10:20 pm, the wildfire had already burned down 1,000 hectares of land, mostly fields, and it was thought to have the potential to affect 5,000 hectares.

The municipality of Bellprat and a neighborhood in Piles were confined.

Nearly 50 firefighter teams and 12 aerial units are working to put out the flames.

A separate wildfire was first reported at 5.32 pm in Ventalló, a municipality in the Alt Empordà county, in northern Catalonia, and firefighters hope to stabilize it by Sunday morning.

More than 30 teams and 8 aerial units are battling the flames.

According to the latest update by Catalan authorities, there were eight roads cut due to the wildfires: the GI-624 in Ventalló, the GI-623 in Saus, the GIV-6311 and the GI-631 in Vilopriu, the T-201 in Santa Coloma de Queralt, the C-241d in Sarral, and the BV-2201 and the B-220 in Bellprat.

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  • Firefighters battle the flames in Santa Coloma de Queralt (by Bombers de la Generalitat)

  • Firefighters battle the flames in Santa Coloma de Queralt (by Bombers de la Generalitat)

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