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Spain Evacuates 300 as Forest Fire Spreads

  • Associated Press

FILE - A firefighter drinks water after extinguishing a forest fire during a heatwave in Benaojan, Spain, July 12, 2017. A new fire burns in a national park.

Regional government authorities in southeastern Spain say a wildfire has forced the evacuation of 300 people and burned 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of pine forest.

Francisco Martinez, the regional head of agriculture, environment and rural development for Castilla-La Mancha, says residents from 10 small towns and visitors at a campsite have been relocated.

More than 150 firefighters supported by air units were fighting the fire Saturday. The blaze started Friday and spread into the National Park of Los Calares del Rio Mundo.

Spain and neighboring Portugal are prone to forest fires during the typically dry and hot summer months.