BARCELONA, July 17 (Reuters) – Firefighters on Saturday used planes carrying water to tackle a forest fire in Spain’s Costa Brava region that forced 350 people to be evacuated from their homes, the report said. regional fire department.
The fire, which police believe was caused by a discarded cigarette, ravaged more than 400 hectares (around 1,000 acres) of forest and scrubland on the edge of Cap de Creus Natural Park, a popular tourist area.
“We are currently trying to bring the fire under control using six planes, which dump water on the flames and 90 fire teams on the ground,” said Sergi Palacios of the Catalan regional government fire department.
Video footage shot by firefighters showed them scaling the rocky terrain as they worked in the dark to fight the blaze, which began on Friday.
More than 231 people had to seek refuge for the night in temporary accommodation offered by the town hall of the district of El Port de la Selva.
Police said anyone found responsible for the fire by throwing a smoldering cigarette could face criminal charges.
“A careless cigarette butt is 50 years of reforestation,” Jordi Puignero, vice-president of the Catalan regional government, told reporters.
Reporting by Graham Keeley and Silvio Castellanos Editing by Helen Popper
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