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Saturday 3 December 2016

Residents flee forest inferno

More than 1,350 residents have been evacuated in Spain's north-eastern region of Aragon as a wildfire spreads through a pine forest amid a lingering heat wave, an official said.

Five villages were evacuated as flames devoured hills that are 375 km northeast of Madrid. The evacuees, who included residents of a retirement home, were transferred to nearby towns.

Some 500 firefighters and 26 aircraft were fighting the flames, which were being fanned by windy conditions.

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