14:55 GMT26 January 2020
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    Approximately 500 people have been evacuated from the Spanish southern Andalusia region due to a fierce wildfire, head of Andalusian Regional Government’s Justice Department Rosa Aguilar said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The evacuation was started after a fire broke out on Friday in La Granada de Rio-Tinto municipality.

    "About 500 people have been evacuated as part of preventive measures," Aguilar said in a video posted on the Twitter account of the Justice Department.

    Some 350 firefighters are involved in extinguishing the fire, according to Aguilar.

    Spain, along with such southern European states as Italy and Portugal, has been hit with wildfires recently. The extremely hot weather and careless management of campfires and other fire risks regularly provoke forest fires in Spain and in neighboring Portugal as in June the fire outbreak in the Portuguese municipality of Pedrogao Grande claimed the lives of 62 people.


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