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Major wildfire in Spain forces the evacuation of 1,500

MADRID (AP) — A large wildfire in northeast Spain grew rapidly overnight and was burning out of control Sunday, forcing the evacuation of eight villages and 1,500 people in Zaragoza province, firefighters said.

The head of the local Aragon government, Javier Lamban, said Sunday that the situation was critical in the town of Añon de Moncayo and the priority for the 300 firefighters fighting the blaze was to protect human lives and villages.

The wildfire, which began Saturday, developed a 50-kilometer (31-mile) perimeter in less than 24 hours, the local forest chief said. It’s estimated burned surface could be up to 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres), state news agency EFE reported.

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Those who fled took shelter in three different sports centers in nearby towns.

Firefighters said the outlook for taming the blaze depends on the weather, but gusty winds up to 60 kilometers (37 mph) were predicted.

Drought and extremely high temperatures in the Mediterranean country are turning 2022 into the worst year of the century in terms of fires.

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So far this year, the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition has registered 43 large wildfires, which are those that have burned at least 500 hectares (1,250 acres). That is four times the amount of the previous year and a record for the last decade.

The European Forest Fire Information System says 248,674 hectares (615,000 acres) have burned in wildfires so far this year in Spain. That’s almost four times the country’s full-year average of 66,965 hectares (165,000 acres) since 2006, when records began.

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DJ Kamal Mustafa is a Music Producer, DJ, Pakistani Filmmaker, and Journalist. Has Made six Animated Films and Released 18 Music Albums for Pakistani and Bollywood Celebrities. The latest animated film on Cyber Awareness has been released by DJ Kamal Mustafa, a project for NR3C.GOV.PK (National Response Center For Cyber Crime) FIA Cyber Crime Wing. I have been featured in The News, Geo News, Dunya News, Gulf News, Global Village Space, and in many newspapers and news blogs. I am writing for Pakistan Today, Times of India, Capital TV, Daily Times, and other news outlets.

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