Forest fires kill Spanish firemen

Four Spanish firefighters died in Catalonia on 21 July, and a fifth member died later from injuries on 23 July, as well as a fire engine driver in Teruel.

Northern and central Spain saw temperatures of around 40 °C (104 °F) on 21 July. Around 2,000 people were evacuated from hills around the town of Collado Mediano, near Madrid. Aircraft with water and firefighters controlled the fire.

Estimates suggest that 5,000 hectares of forest and bush were affected in the Sierra Cabrera mountain range between Turre and Mojácar in Spain on 14/15 July. 500 people were evacuated, as dozens of firefighters and soldiers controlled the fires, including the use of five helicopters and three aircraft.

On 23 July, the fires on the Sierra Cabrera on which Mojácar sits flared again, causing damage to the village and other houses in the area and the evacuation of around 1,500 residents.

Strong winds during a hot dry period of summer increased the chances of wildfires across the area. Temperatures peaked at 44 °C (111 °F) in Spain and reached 37 °C (99 °F) in Gran Canaria, which the authorities kept on a high alert. Lightning strikes caused some of the fires in the Aragon region of Spain, as reported by El Pais. Lightning strikes also caused wildfires in Mojácar, Spain, as suggested by the Spanish Forest Fire Organisation (INFOCA)


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