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Forest fire alert eases in Spain

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Forest fire alert eases in Spain


It is the beginning of the end of Spain’s fire nightmare. That, at least, is the hope in the stricken region of Galicia amid growing signs that the situation is finally coming under control.

Over the last 10 days, an unprecedented firefighting operation swung into action as flames ravaged an area in total thought to be larger than the island of Malta. But now, of some 50 or so fires still burning, over 40 have been contained.

The forest fires have claimed five lives and caused dismay in Spain with reports that many were started deliberately.

A part-time firefighter is among 27 people arrested. Now however, with rain forecast on Wednesday, it looks like the worst is over.

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