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

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.

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

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.

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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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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.