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IN PICS: Wildfires devastate 10,000 hectares of forest across Spain in heatwave

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IN PICS: Wildfires devastate 10,000 hectares of forest across Spain in heatwave
Firefighters battled a blaze in the Madrid region on Sunday. Photo: AFP
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Firefighters in the Madrid region were on Monday morning still battling to bring a wildfire under control after a weekend of high temperatures and strong winds.

The fire, which broke in Almorox, Toledo Province on Saturday and then spread into Madrid and Avila provinces raged across 3,300 hectares (8,150 acres) and forced the evacuation of houses and campsites.

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Smoke billows near a cemetery as a wildfire rages in the outskirts of Cenicientos. Photo: AFP
 

But on Monday, authorities said they were close to bring the blaze under control in the areas of Cadalso and Cenicientos in the Madrid region and had lowered the threat level from 2 to 1.

 

Teams had worked through the night to bring the blaze under control.

 

Meanwhile in Catalonia, authorities announced on Sunday that they had finally managed to stabilize a wildfire that had been raging across Tarragona province since Wednesday.

The blaze, which is believed to have started after a heap of manure at a chicken farm self combusted in the heatwave, has devastated over 6,000 hectares of land, destroying farms and livestock.

READ MORE: Self-combusting manure at Spanish chicken farm blamed for devastating wildfire

These devastaing pictures show the devastation left behind by the fires, which have been described as the worst to hit Catalonia in 20 years.


Burned trees are pictured near Flix . Photo: AFP


Smoke billows from a forest fire raging near Flix in the northeastern region of Catalonia

 

A wildfire that broke out on Sunday near Mijas on the Costa del Sol was also brought under control before it could cause much damage.

 

 

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