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700 evacuated after fires in Spain

Firefighters are struggling to control wildfires raging in the northwestern parts of Spain. In the region of Galicia, six fires are raging as the third heat wave of the summer sweeps across the country. Almost 3,000 hectares have burned.

In the area around the town of Boiro, around 700 people have been evacuated after a fire that broke out on Thursday. There are no reports of injuries.

On Thursday, the temperature was measured at 40.9 degrees Celsius. It has become cooler since then, but it is expected to be around 35 degrees in large parts of Spain on Saturday.

Climate change makes extreme weather, such as heat waves and droughts, more intense. This, in turn, increases the risk of fires.

Since the beginning of the year, Spain has been hit by 366 forest fires, which have ravaged more than 233,000 hectares. This is more than in any other European country, according to Effis, an institution within the EU that monitors the fire situation in Europe using satellite images.

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