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1,400 evacuated as wildfire rages in Spain's Costa Blanca

Firefighters fight a wildfire next to a residential area along the coastline near the Spanish resort of Javea, Valencia region. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Valencia, Spain Sep 06, 2016, 03.29 AM (IST)
A wildfire engulfed a tourist resort in Spain’s Costa Blanca on Monday, leading to the evacuation of around 1,400 people, AFP reported today. 

The fire, which broke out near Javea, travelled up the coast, destroying 320 hectares (790 acres) of land and many buildings on its way.

Authorities said that the fire seemed to have ignited deliberately by someone. The regional government head of Valencia told AFP that this was a kind of environmental terrorism. It attacks people and the natural heritage.

The fire stopped spreading by Monday night, an emergency services spokesperson informed.

Firefighters said that the fire had been fuelled by the high temperatures and low humidity.

Most parts of Spain faced the risk of wildfires on Monday given the heat, with temperatures over 40 degree Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

Government officials urged people to take precautions against the heat and avoid throwing inflammable objects around.

Wildfires destroyed 39,700 hectares of land in Spain between January and August, according to the agriculture ministry.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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