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Spain on maximum alert for wildfires

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By AFP | July 6th 2015

Spain was on maximum alert for wildfires on Monday on the second day of a new heatwave that sparked a forest fire in the northern region of Aragon over the weekend.

"Extreme wildlife alert throughout Spain, maximum precaution," the ministry of agriculture said in a Twitter message.

Spain's national weather office put nearly all of the country on "red" alert for wildfires, the highest level in the five-stage scale, warning of an "extreme" risk of blazes.

A firefighter opens the door of his car in front of dead sheep after a forest fire near Darnius, in the northern Spanish province of Girona.Temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in the centre and southeast of Spain on Monday. (PHOTO : COURTESY)

Temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in the centre and southeast of Spain on Monday.

In the rest of Spain temperatures will soar to between 36-38 degrees Celsius.

The heatwave which arrived from northern Africa is forecast to last at least until Sunday.

It is Spain's second heatwave of the summer. Last week the weather office warned people to take extra precautions, especially the elderly, as temperatures soared as high as 44 Celsius in the southern city of Cordoba on June 29.

A wildfire that broke out on Saturday in Aragon that forced the evacuation of some 1,500 people from their homes was brought under control on Monday, the regional government said in a statement.

The blaze ravaged around 13,500 hectares (33,500 acres) of pine forest and brush.

Firefighters remained on alert at the scene due to high temperatures and strong winds, the regional government said.

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