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North American wildfires send smoke over Spain

Out of control fires in North America have sent smoke drifting in the atmosphere over parts of Spain, stunning satellite images from NASA show.

North American wildfires send smoke over Spain
NASA says the smoke has a "faintly yellow-tan or milky gray color" when it is compared with the "brighter" white clouds. Photo: Jeff Schmaltz/NASA

Images captured by NASA's Terra satellite on Wednesday and Thursday show smoke plumes over both Spain and the western Mediterranean.

NASA said data collected from its own satellites and other observation stations suggested the smoke came from wildfires in Canada.

They also it was possible but "less likely" that the some had drifted over Spain from wildfires as far afield as the US state of Colorado, or from other areas in the southwestern US. 

Photo: NASA

According to the space agency, smoke has a "faintly yellow-tan or milky gray color" when it is compared with the "brighter" white clouds. 

Smoke can travel vast distances once it leaves the boundary layer, or that part of the atmosphere closest to the ground.

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Barcelona fire kills four, including two children

A fire ripped through an abandoned bank occupied by squatters in central Barcelona on Tuesday, killing four people, including a baby and a three year-old boy, Spanish firefighters said.

Police and firefighters gather outside an abandoned building where a blaze broke out early on November 30, 2021 in Barcelona, killing four people.
Police and firefighters gather outside an abandoned building where a blaze broke out early on November 30, 2021 in Barcelona, killing four people. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

“While we were battling the fire, we found four people. Emergency services tried to revive them but unfortunately they failed, they could not do anything to save them,” the head of the firefighting operation, Ángel López, told reporters.

Firefighters rescued four other people who were inside the building while putting out the blaze, he added.

Those four were treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters rushed to the scene at around 6 am after being warned that a blaze had broken out in the building, Mr Lopez said.

While Mr López said it was not clear how the four dead people were related, Barcelona-based daily newspaper La Vanguardia said they were all members of a Romanian family.

A spokesman for Catalonia’s regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, said an investigation had been opened into the causes of the fire.

In December 2020, four people were killed after a blaze ripped through an industrial complex occupied by squatters, many of them African migrants, near Barcelona.

Over 100 squatters were believed to be living in precarious conditions at the abandoned complex in Badalona, a suburban town north of the city.

In addition to the four deaths, more than 20 people were injured in the blaze.

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