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article imageFirefighters continue to battle wildfire in northern Spain

By Anne Sewell     Aug 28, 2013 in Environment
A forest fire has been raging in northern Spain since late on Monday this week, with firefighters, water-carrying planes and helicopters desperately fighting to curb the blaze.
One of many fires to ravage the dry land in Spain during summer, the Galicia blaze started late on Monday near Oia on the Atlantic coast close to the border with Portugal.
Firefighters have been battling the flames which have ravaged 2,000 hectares, according to a statement from the regional government on Tuesday.
When the fire came close to houses in the area, an alert was declared and residents were evacuated to safety. No one has been reported hurt.
An official said on Tuesday, "The situation has improved since last night," adding that, "We are not aware of the fire reaching any houses, although there were some evacuations."
While the official could not give numbers, the Spanish media said on Tuesday that the figure was at least 176 people evacuated.
On Tuesday evening, El País reported that the fire in the Galician municipalities of Oia, O Rosal and Tomiño, south of Vigo, was still out of control and was heading toward the border with Portugal.
Galician commissioner for Rural Affairs, Rosa Quintana told El País:
"For now, the population centers are under control, but we have a tough day ahead of us,"
"Technicians have told me that they have never seen a fire like this one, because the wind currents keep changing the direction of the flames, forcing them to modify their strategies to put it out."
On Wednesday La Voz de Galicia is reporting that 4,000 hectares are currently under fire and has photos of the blaze.
Digital Journal reported recently that with the continuing heatwave in the country, 17 Spanish provinces had been placed on a state of high alert due to fire risks.
The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), issued a map which revealed that virtually the entire country was designated at 'extreme' or 'very high' risk of fire.
Update: On Wednesday, the map shows only the north to be at an extreme risk of fire, with the majority of the country now at a low risk.
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