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Spanish authorities blame arsonists for wildfires

Most of Spain has faced an 'extreme risk' of wildfires since Sunday due to the heatwave, with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius in some parts. Photograph: (Getty)

WION J?vea, Spain Sep 07, 2016, 01.45 AM (IST)
Spanish authorities on Tuesday blamed arsonists and high temperatures for the raging wildfires near around easterb Costa Blanca resorts that have forced about 1,400 people to flee.

Jose Maria Angel Batalla, an emergency services chief told the Cope radio station, "There is one or several arsonists." Spanish authorities found gasoline cans and said there were " three or four" seperate outbreaks.

Authorities earlier said they believed people had started three blazes that ripped through vegetation and destroyed buildings in the town of Javea and other areas up the coast from the popular holiday spot of Benidorm, Reuters reported. 

“The hand of man again was involved in a very precise way, choosing the hottest day of the year,” Jose Maria Angel, the head of the Valencia region’s emergency services, told Spanish radio.

The fires which began on Sunday, due to the heatwave caused by temperatures over 40 degree Celsius in some parts of the country. 

The wildfire had also spread near the mountain town of Bolulla, 40 kilometers from west of Javea and on the Menorca isles, popular with tourists.

Spain's weather agency on Monday, declared a ''historic day for heat'' when more than two dozen stations recorded high tempertures across the country.

Meanwhile,  local government authorities also said on Tuesday that the battle against the wildfires that have swept through a vast area near the resort of Benidorm in Spain's Costa Blanca is evolving positively.

(WION with inputs from agencies) 
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