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Spain wildfires: emergency services battle to control blaze

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Spain wildfires: emergency services battle to control blaze

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Firefighters are still continuing to battle a major blaze near the Doñana wildlife reserve in Southern Spain

The forest fire has so far forced the evacuation of 2,000 people and the removal of the endangered Iberian Lynx from a breeding centre in the region. Some residents, however, have reportedly been allowed to return to their properties.

Like much of Spain, Huelva in Andalucía has been on high alert for forest fires because of a heatwave which has seen temperatures soar above 40 Celsius.

Officials say more than 400 firefighters and soldiers have been deployed to extinguish the flames using dozens of vehicles and 14 aircraft.

The windy conditions are said to be hampering efforts to bring the blaze under control though the authorities say they are making good progress.

For the moment, no fatalities have been reported.