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Spanish forest fires threaten popular tourist region

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Spanish forest fires threaten popular tourist region


Two forest fires are raging out of control, forcing the evacuation of at least 2,000 people from Spain’s popular tourist region of Valencia.

Over the last three days, up to 45,000 hectares of land have been destroyed on Spain’s eastern coast.

Police have been helping locals to leave the area, mainly as a precaution. It is not known how many tourists are affected.

One woman said: “I’m not taking anything with me… I hope that nothing is going to happen and tomorrow we will be able to come back here.”

A preliminary investigation points to one fire being started accidentally by workers in the hills around Valencia, the other by agricultural burning which couldn’t be controlled.

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