Catalonia region in Spain battles major wildfire as heatwave grips Europe


The forest fire in Spain raged out of control on Thursday amid a Europe-wide heatwave, devouring land despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters who worked through the night. According to the local authorities, this wildfire is the worst in the region for 20 years and may spread rapidly.

The blaze broke out on Wednesday afternoon in Torre del Espanol in the northeastern region of Catalonia and by Thursday it had destroyed more than 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres), the region’s interior minister Miquel Buch said.

In a statement, the regional government warned the fire could potentially devour 20,000 hectares in what presented an “extreme risk.” Around 30 people had been evacuated from farmhouses in the affected area.

Many European countries, including Spain, France and Italy are experiencing extreme heat. On Wednesday 26th June Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic saw highest ever June temperatures.

Source: BBC News