Authorities in Spain say an approaching wildfire caused a train driver to stop and prepare to change directions, and several passengers were injured when they got off rather than wait
An approaching wildfire in eastern Espanha caused a train driver to stop and prepare to change directions to avoid the flames, and several passengers were injured when they got off rather than wait, autoridades disseram.
The train was traveling in the Valencia region on Tuesday night when the driver decided to reverse course because of the wildfire advancing from around the town of Bejís, further east.
Some passengers got off the train when it stopped in the countryside, including ones who broke windows to escape, funcionários disseram. Ten people were injured, Spanish state news agency Efe reported.
The government of Castellón province on Wednesday tweeted a video of firefighters running for their lives as towering flames from the Bejís fire roared behind them.
The wildfire is one of two still raging out of control in eastern Spain. South of Valencia city, a bigger fire around the Val d’Ebo area has forced more than 1,500 people to evacuate towns and villages since the weekend.
Valencia regional President Ximo Puig said Wednesday that the Bejís fire had a perimeter of some 50 quilômetros (30 milhas) and had burned some 4,000 hectares (10,00 acres). He said the Val d’Ebo blaze had a perimeter of 80 quilômetros (50 milhas) and had scorched some 11,500 hectares (28,000 acres).
The European Forest Fire Information System says 275,000 hectares (679,000 acres) have burned in wildfires so far this year in Spain. That’s more than four times the country’s annual average of 67,000 hectares (165,000 acres) Desde a 2006, when records began.
In neighboring Portugal, authorities said they hoped to bring under control a wildfire that has burned for 12 days and scorched large swaths of pine forest in the Serra da Estrela Natural Park.
Contudo, officials warned a new heat wave forecast for the area could complicate the task.
Smoke from the Portugal fire reached Spain’s capital, Madrid, cerca de 400 quilômetros (240 milhas) to the east, na terça-feira.
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