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Europe Heatwave: Blaze in Spain Rages for Third Consecutive Day

World | Associated Press | June 29, 2019, 2:30 pm
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 Firefighters and aircraft battled for a third straight day to contain a major wildfire that started in a pile of chicken dung and raced across the hills of northeastern Spain amid a heat wave. (Image: AP)

Firefighters and aircraft battled for a third straight day to contain a major wildfire that started in a pile of chicken dung and raced across the hills of northeastern Spain amid a heat wave. (Image: AP)

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 Authorities said more than 700 firefighters, eight helicopters and six water-dropping aircraft aimed to slow the fire's progress until nightfall, when cooler temperatures might give them an advantage. (Image: AP)

Authorities said more than 700 firefighters, eight helicopters and six water-dropping aircraft aimed to slow the fire's progress until nightfall, when cooler temperatures might give them an advantage. (Image: AP)

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 A stiff breeze was driving the flames in the direction of Lleida, 30 kilometres (19 miles) away, though officials said the city wasn't considered to be under threat. (Image: AP)

A stiff breeze was driving the flames in the direction of Lleida, 30 kilometres (19 miles) away, though officials said the city wasn't considered to be under threat. (Image: AP)

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 Temperatures in the area of the fire reached 41 C (106 F) as parts of Europe recorded their hottest June temperatures in recent memory due to hot air moving north from Africa. (Image: AP)

Temperatures in the area of the fire reached 41 C (106 F) as parts of Europe recorded their hottest June temperatures in recent memory due to hot air moving north from Africa. (Image: AP)

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 Authorities said the fire is the Catalonia region's worst fire in two decades and 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of hilly terrain are at risk. By June 28, an estimated 6,000 hectares had burned. (Image: AP)

Authorities said the fire is the Catalonia region's worst fire in two decades and 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of hilly terrain are at risk. By June 28, an estimated 6,000 hectares had burned. (Image: AP)

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 Fire investigators believe the blaze started with the spontaneous combustion of a pile of chicken manure on a livestock farm. (Image: AP)

Fire investigators believe the blaze started with the spontaneous combustion of a pile of chicken manure on a livestock farm. (Image: AP)

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 Authorities were caring for more than 50 people evacuated from the previous day. (Image: AP)

Authorities were caring for more than 50 people evacuated from the previous day. (Image: AP)

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 Numerous local roads were closed due to the wildfire. (Image: AP)

Numerous local roads were closed due to the wildfire. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Palma d'Ebre, near Tarragona, Spain. (Image: AP)

Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Palma d'Ebre, near Tarragona, Spain. (Image: AP)

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 They included locals as well as people from Britain, Belgium, Germany, Brazil and the United States, according to Europa Press. (Image: AP)

They included locals as well as people from Britain, Belgium, Germany, Brazil and the United States, according to Europa Press. (Image: AP)

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