Forest Fire Under Control After Threatening Homes in Spain's Ceuta

A forest fire that broke out on Thursday night, September 8, near the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in north Africa was brought under control on Friday after burning through more than 320 acres, officials said.

The government of Ceuta, an autonomous city on the Mediterranean coast, bordering Morocco, said the fire ignited close to an observation point in hills that overlook the city.

Around 60 people had to be evacuated on Thursday night, but on Friday the government said no homes sustained “significant damage” and that no one was injured.

At least 65 percent of the affected area was of “high ecological value,” according to government spokesman Alberto Gaitan.

While the cause of the fire was being investigated, arson was the most likely cause, Gaitan said. Credit: Gobierno de Ceuta via Storyful