Arsonists Blamed For Spanish Wildfires

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Arsonists blamed for Spanish wildfires

JAVEA, Spain, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) : Spanish authorities on Tuesday blamed arsonists and record temperatures for wildfires ravaging the eastern coast near the popular resort of Benidorm that have forced 1,400 people to flee.

Hundreds of firefighters backed by water-dropping aircraft were battling the largest of several fires which began Sunday near the resort of Javea, up the coast from Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca.

Another blaze was raging near the mountain town of Bolulla, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Javea, while emergency services faced a third one on the Mediterranean island of Menorca, also popular with holidaymakers.

More than two dozen stations registered record high temperatures across the country on Monday in what Spain's weather agency said was a "historic day for heat". Most of Spain has faced an "extreme risk" of wildfires since Sunday due to the heatwave, with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some parts.

However, authorities also said that gasoline cans had been found and that there were "three or four" separate outbreaks of fire. "There is one or several arsonists," Jose Maria Angel Batalla, an emergency services chief in the Costa Blanca area, told the Cope radio station, referring to the fire near Javea.