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Spanish fires claim third victim

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Spanish fires claim third victim


A man trying to put out a fire threatening his home in northwest Spain has become the third person to die in the dozens of blazes raging in parts of the country. Many of the some 100 fires in the regions of Catalonia and Galicia were allegedly started deliberately.

The army has been asked to help evacuate people in danger. The head of the Galician regional government described people taking advantage of the scorching summer heat as “fire terrorists”. It is thought that about 5,000 hectares of woodland is alight.

Across the border in northern and central Portugal, about 600 firefighters are battling eight blazes said to be out of control, two of which were threatening nearby towns. Sunday was reportedly the worst day for the fire service in terms of the number of calls received in four years. Temperatures on Monday were set to rise to around 42 degrees Celsius. The last four summers have seen fires devour some 870,000 hectares of forest in Portugal.

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