Fires in Spain destroy at least 60,000 hectares of forest in a week

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The fires that have been raging in Spain since last Wednesday have destroyed at least 60,000 hectares of forest, broadcasters RTVE reported, citing the authorities of the various regions affected. “This is the worst fire emergency since records have been kept,” Civil Defence director Leonardo Marcos told radio station Cadena Ser. One of the contributing factors is the strong heatwave caused by man-made climate change, he said. The situation was particularly bad in Zamora, near the border with Portugal, and in Ávila, north-west of Madrid. In these two provinces, around 10,000 people from about …

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