Forest fire near Spanish nature reserve forces evacuation of 1000 people

Forest fire near Spanish nature reserve forces evacuation of 1000 people

Forest fire near Spanish nature reserve forces evacuation of 1000 people

Juan Sanchez, director of the Andalucia's forest fire prevention unit, said the fight was "in its critical phase" due to strong winds whipping up the flames.

Authorities in southern Spain evacuated almost 1,500 people on Sunday (25 June) after a forest fire broke out near the famous Donana National Park at Moguer in Andalusia.

Cars stop on the road to Mazagón in Andalusia, southern Spain as smoke from a fire billows in a pine forest on Sunday.

There were no immediate details on how much land had been scorched so far.

A couple walk between charred trees near the access to the Cuesta Maneli beach after a forest fire near Mazagon in southern Spain, Monday June 26, 2017. It said the fire was "developing favorably". The nature reserve protects more than 100,000 hectares of the landscape that is deemed of high ecological value.

The area near Huelva, between Seville and the Algarve region of Portugal, is now experiencing a heat wave that is causing risky forest fires.

A female Iberian lynx died at the Acebuche captive breeding centre on Saturday "due to stress" during its capture for evacuation, the centre said in a statement.

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Enormous efforts have been made to recover the Iberian lynx population in recent years.

The Spanish Air Force has been heavily involved in the battle against the wildfires in central Portugal in recent weeks and resources may have to be reallocated if the blaze in southern Spain is not brought under control soon.

Fires near the Donana National Park which have caused the evacuation of nearly 2 000 people.

Authorities were sending additional firefighters to tackle the flames at the Donana Natural Park in southwestern Spain near Huelva, a fire service spokesman told AFP.

Maximum temperatures in the Donana area were forecast to drop to 33 C (91 F) from close to 40 C in recent days.

Some 1,000 people were evacuated from campsites and houses near the town of Moguer, where the fire started.

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