Spain: forest fire on Ibiza still burning wildly

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Posted: May 27, 2011 4:18 AM
Spain: forest fire on Ibiza still burning wildly

A Spanish official in Ibiza says some 800 people, including British and German tourists, have been evacuated from homes and hotels because of the worst forest fire ever recorded on the Mediterranean resort island.

Regional government emergency situations spokeswoman Asuncion Saiz says the fire that started Wednesday has now burned about 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of pine forest in the north of the island.

No one has been hurt. Some 300 local people were evacuated from their homes, and tour operators moved about 500 tourists from their hotels to other lodgings, although Saiz insisted that at no time were they were in danger from the fire.

Saiz said from Ibiza that 500 firefighters and 15 water-dumping planes are battling the blaze.