Forest fires rage across Europe

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As ash reaches Barcelona, Spanish firefighters say they are closing in on the fires that have ravaged Catalonia over the weekend.

Strong winds which had initially hampered firefighting efforts have now died down. The authorities hope to get the flames under control soon.

The damage covers 10,000 hectares with many farms affected. One farmer had to kill his entire flock which had been caught in the blaze.

In Croatia, forest fires have struck the popular tourist destination of Selce. Around 1,400 holidaymakers were evacuated from campsites.

Three hundred and fifty firemen have been drafted in to fight the blaze which is also being fanned by high winds. They were joined by 100 soliders to control the damage.

Queues of cars are growing as part of the motorway has been closed.

In Romania, 115 hectares have been affected by forest fires. Over 170 firefighters have joined policemen and forestry employees to battle the flames.

Damage has been significant in the Bucegi Mountains, an area which is particularly difficult to access.