Incendios de verano en Europa

Incendio estival en España
Image caption Incendios estivales están arrasando varios países de Europa.

Summer fires in Europe

The emergency services in Spain and other European countries, Greece, Italy and France, are still struggling to control forest fires. Thousands of acres have been destroyed.

Reporter:Danny Wood

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Many parts of Europe remain on a fire alert. In Aragon, the worst affected Spanish region, the authorities say 500 personnel, supported by water planes and helicopters, are still battling blazes.

A week of flames has destroyed an area the size of one hundred square kilometres. In Spain's southern province of Almeria, the fires are under control but more than 10 villages are without water and electricity.

In central Greece and southern Italy firefighters are working to contain blazes that caused the evacuation of hundreds of people. On the French island of Corsica, another major fire is still burning.

The authorities believe some of the fires were deliberately lit and in Spain, where six firefighters have died, more than 15 people suspected of starting blazes are reported to have been arrested.

Temperatures in southern Europe are expected to remain very high and firefighters are watching for new outbreaks.

Danny Wood, BBC News, Spain

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on a fire alert en estado de alerta de incendios

water planes aviones cisterna battling blazesluchando contra las llamaradas/los incendios a week of flames una semana de incendios

under control bajo control contain blazescontener las llamas evacuationla evacuación the fires were deliberately lit los fuegos fueron encendidos a propósito people suspected of starting blazes personas sospechadas de iniciar las llamas

outbreaks brotes