Two firefighters killed on wildfires in Spain

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The BBC is reporting that two firefighters have been killed while working on fires in Spain.

Two firefighters have been killed in wildfires that have broken out in Spain. The blazes hit near the village of Fornelos de Montes in the country’s northwestern Galicia region, close to the border with Portugal, where several forest fires are still raging.

The exact circumstances of the firefighters’ deaths are not yet known.

Across the border meanwhile, 50 people have been evacuated from a village in Portugal’s Peneda-Geres national park.

Reports say the fire in Spain is still being brought under control.

The regional president of Galicia, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, has cancelled all his appointments to focus on the problem.

More than 230 firefighters are still tackling blazes in northern Portugal. France has sent two water-dropping planes under the European mutual aid system. Northern Portugal continues to be ravaged by wildfires

Earlier this week two Portuguese firefighters were killed on duty, including a 21-year-old woman who died after being trapped by flames.

According to the country’s National Forest Authority, 19,346 hectares (47,805 acres) of forest have been burned and destroyed.

There are reports that three firefighters have been killed recently while working on fires in Portugal. That is an update from an earlier report that two died on fires.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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