As the Spain wildfire stabilised, evacuation orders were withdrawn

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As the Spain wildfire stabilised, evacuation orders were withdrawn

The wildfire that has destroyed wide swaths of land in eastern Spain was brought under control on Sunday, allowing authorities to cancel all remaining evacuation orders.

Reduced winds, colder temperatures over night, and better humidity levels, according to firefighters, allowed them to keep the fire under control.

However, Bravo issued a warning that Monday’s high temperatures and strong winds could cause the fire to flare up again.

All evacuees could return home, Valencia regional president Ximo Puig said earlier on Sunday.

Because the threat from the flames had lessened, local officials on Saturday already rescinded evacuation orders in two villages, Bejis and Toras. Over 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of land have been burnt by the fire, which broke out on Monday near Bejis in the eastern Valencia province and has forced the evacuation of over 2,200 people.

A second large wildfire that started last Saturday in the Vall de Ebo, 200 kilometres (125 miles) to the south, was put out on Sunday, according to Puig.

Around 12,000 hectares of cropland, bushes, and woodlands have been destroyed.

According to a statement from the premier’s office, Puig and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will go see the damage caused by the fire on Monday. On Sunday, just about 20 aircraft were used to fight the fire, down from 42 the day before. 

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