Many people have been evacuated amid early fire season in Spain

March 24, 2023



(Alahram)

Hundreds of people were evacuated as a major forest fire raged in Spain's eastern Castellón region on Friday, marking an early start to the nation's fire season. Ximo Puig, the president of the Valencia region that incorporates Castellon, told reporters the fire had engulfed around 1,000 hectares of land since it broke out Thursday and was "very early in the spring, very voracious from the beginning."Emergency services in the region said 600 people in eight towns had been evacuated, including a home for older people in Montan. Four helicopters and more than 600 firefighters and soldiers were tackling the fire, as the Spanish military deployed additional support to try to bring the blaze under control.The state weather agency, AEMET, tweeted that "unfavorable weather conditions, especially considering the early date of the year, have favored the fire's rapid spread." Temperatures were above 25 Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) when the fire broke out, and relative humidity sank below 30%. The risk of more fires in Castellon was classified as "extreme" on Friday.

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