Spain battles first major wildfire of 2023

  Madrid, Spain ---Hundreds of firefighters on Friday were battling Spain's first major forest fire of the year, which has so far forced 1,500 people to evacuate their homes, officials said. Despite several days of unusually warm weather, firefighters said the blaze was more typical of the hot summer months than the spring. It began just after midday (1200 GMT) on Thursday near Villanueva de Viver, some 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of Valencia, and since then has raged out of control. "We are unfortunately facing the first big fire of the year and it's happening out of season," Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on a visit to Brussels. "Such fires so early in the...Keep on reading: Spain battles first major wildfire of 2023

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