Fire in Spain leads to evacuation of 300

Aug. 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM
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AVILA, Spain, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A forest fire near Avila, Spain, led to the evacuation of 300 people Tuesday, officials said.

The fire, which the regional government of Castilla y Leon said was deliberately set, was considered under control but was fanned back to life Monday night and Tuesday morning by high winds, the English-language newspaper Think Spain said Tuesday.

The evacuees, from the town of Palacios de Becedas, were taken to a sports center in the nearby town of El Barco de Avila, the news service said.

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