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8/06/2008

Wildfires ravage northeastern Spain

Spain
Several hundred firefighters backed by 16 water-dropping helicopters and airplanes battled Spain's first major wildfire of the summer on Wednesday, the authorities said.

The fire, which has ravaged over 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) in northeastern Spain, broke out amid scorching temperatures on Tuesday afternoon in a pine forest near the town of Zuera.

Some 250 firefighters tackled the blazes, which the regional government said in a statement had started when a car hit a tree on the road linking the towns of Villanueva de Gallego and Castejon de Valdejasa.

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