Evacuations as Wildfire Breaks Out in Catalonia

A wildfire broke out in El Pont de Vilomara, Spain, burning at least 1,614 hectares of forest, and forced hundreds of people to evacuate on July 17, according to the Catalan civil protection organization.

Footage posted by the Catalan fire department shows fires ravaging the forest and homes. 370 firefighters tackled the fire with the support of 15 aircrafts, according to local news reports.

Spanish news outlet El Pais, citing authorities, reported a lockdown was ordered in 275 municipalities in 20 counties from Sunday to Monday due to smoke and the risk of fire. No casualties have been reported.

The fire in El Pont de Vilomara is the latest fire among 30 active wildfires in Spain, according to local news reports.

Spain’s Meteorological Agency predicted an extreme fire risk level across the country. Credit: @bomberscat via Storyful

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