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6,500 hectares of wooded land destroyed in Spanish wildfire

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A fire in the Catalan Province of Tarragona has destroyed some 6,500 hectares of wooded land.

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This was disclosed by fire brigade official Antoni Ramos on Friday.

Mr Ramos said that in spite of a successful fire-fighting operation overnight, the flames had not been fully brought under control.

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Some 400 fire fighters supported by helicopters and other aircraft were battling the flames on Friday.

The total reach of the fire covers 20,000 hectares of land, Catalan Interior Minister Miquel Buch told journalists in Vinebre, adding that heat and strong winds were complicating firefighting efforts.

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The fire which broke out on Wednesday led to evacuation of  many  homes in Torre de l’Espanyol, Flix, Vinebre and Palma d’Ebre  on Thursday.

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Officials said that German, US, Dutch, British, Belgian and Brazilian nationals were among those brought to safety.


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