Castellon, Spain — Spanish firefighters were Friday making progress in their battle against a wildfire which devastated up to 5,000 hectares of forest, bush and farmland since Tuesday. About 500 firefighters, soldiers and volunteers were combating the flames which earlier prompted the evacuation of more than 100 people from half a dozen municipalities near Castellon in the east.
Officials said firefighters were hoping to get the blaze under control during the day.
Lower temperatures and weaker winds were helping firefighters using some 30 helicopters and aircraft. Estimates of the amount of burned land varied from several thousand to 5,000 hectares.
The fire was believed to have been started accidentally by workers using an electrical saw.