Spain sees worst wildfire in recorded history, say authorities


MADRIDE: The lightning strike in Zamora, northwest of Madrid, is the worst in Spanish history, according to regional officials.

Temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit[40 ° C]and winds of up to 70 miles[70 km]per hour aggravated the fire in the Sierra de la Cubebra. 30,800 hectares of wood and shrubs have been destroyed so far, covering an area of ​​120.88 square kilometers.

According to Xinhua, in 2004 the devastation in the southwestern province of Huelava affected 29,687 hectares and in 2012 the fire in Cortes de Palas in eastern Spain reached 28,879 hectares.

The reserve is important for the environment as it is home to the largest population of wolves in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as the red and wild deer. The cold weather on Sunday made it easier for firefighters to put out the blaze. Hundreds of firefighters, with the help of Spanish military emergency personnel, are currently trying to put out the blaze and build firefighters in the region.

In other news, 13 communities in northern Spain’s Navarre region have been forced to flee their homes in “the worst fires of decades”.

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