Spain: Major forest fire forced evacuation of more than 1,500 people

A major forest fire in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of more than 1,500 people from homes, campsites and hotels.

According to a government official, the forest fire was spotted on Saturday night in the Moguer region in Huelva, Andalucía.

Emergency services had deployed 11 planes, 10 helicopters and dozens of land vehicles against the flames in a joint military-civilian operation. About 750 people are being housed temporarily in sports centres.

The fire could threaten the Doñana national park, an important wildlife reserve home to numerous endangered species including the Iberian lynx and Spanish imperial eagle.

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