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Wildfire in southern Catalonia forces a number of home evacuations

Roads close to the fire affecting 2,500 hectares have been forced to close

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26 June 2019 06:45 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Fifty-eight firefighting crews have been dispatched to control a fire in southern Catalonia that is affecting 2,500 hectares of land and has forced a number of people out of their homes and farms.  

The fire is burning in the Torre de l'Espanyol and Vinebre in the Ribera d'Ebre regions. The flames have also forced the closure of five roads. With regard to evacuations, they affect the areas of Palma d'Ebre, Bovera, Flix, Maials and Llardecans. 

In putting out the fire, the crews are prioritizing its right flank, which is spreading faster because of the wind.

Across Catalonia this week, a heatwave is expected to see temperatures soar up to 40 degrees at times.

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  • Flames showing in the wildfire affecting more than 4,000 hectares in southern Catalonia. (Photo: Anna Ferràs)

  • Flames showing in the wildfire affecting more than 4,000 hectares in southern Catalonia. (Photo: Anna Ferràs)

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