Forest fires plague Spanish province

Sept. 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

VALENCIA, Spain, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Spanish firefighters managed to put out the first of six forest fires that broke out Sunday in Valencia province, officials said Wednesday.

The Benissoda fire burned 67 acres before it was extinguished, ThinkSpain reported.

The fires not under control are in Chulilla, Ribarroja, Vilamarxant, Benicolet and an area between Xativa and Manuel.

Twenty-one airborne firefighting crews were being deployed on a rotating basis to put out the Chulilla blaze that forced the evacuation of 2,000 residents.

Officials said two of the fires are believed to have been started deliberately.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Study of antibodies in HIV patient may help lead to vaccine
Pepsi to launch own smartphone
History Channel special reveals Alcatraz escapees may have survived
Multiple attacks escalate Jerusalem violence; gun restrictions could ease
Genetic changes could make pig organs usable for human transplant