Worst wildfire in Spain in a decade
Wednesday, August 22 2012 @ 09:32 AM CDT
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Aug. 21 - Spanish fire fighters found themselves trapped by a wall of advancing flames as they worked to contain a massive wildfire in the city of Leon. Deborah Gembara reports. ( Transcript - Video.. )
A burnt orange sky over Spain as wildfires raged in the northwestern city of Leon. They've already consumed more than 20,000 acres. Fire fighters worked through the night to contain the stubborn blaze, relying on helmet lights to help them navigate their way through the forest. At one point, they were trapped for an hour by a wall of advancing flames. Dryer, hotter weather is being blamed for Spain's worst wildfires in more than a decade.
One of the hottest European summers on record has sparked fires across Spain, Croatia, and Greece.
The blistering temperatures, combined with high winds, more than 8,000 out breakes and have destroyed of thousands of hectares of land in the three nations.