Forest fire on Spain’s Ibiza forces evacuations

Forest fire on Spain’s Ibiza forces evacuations

19 September 2011

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Spain — A Spanish official says a forest fire on the popular resort island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean has forced up to 1,200 people from their homes, many in a posh residential area.
The official with the environmental department of the Balearic Islands regional government says the fire in the Santa Eulalia area on the east of the island broke out Sunday evening.

He adds that it’s still burning Monday and not yet under control, although it is now advancing more slowly.

No one has been hurt. Some 150 firefighters and nine water-dumping planes or helicopters are battling the blaze.

The official said the cause of the fire is not immediately known. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with department rules.

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