Firefighters in Spain fighting flames amid unusually heat wave

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Firefighters from Spain and Germany fought the wildfires on Sunday amid a seasonal heatwave unusual in Western Europe.

Spain is on high alert following the outbreak of widespread forest fires, which hit many parts of the country in June with record temperatures.

The most severe damage took place in Spain, in the north-western province of Zamora which burned more than 25,000 25,000 hectares at the time, according to the regional authorities, while residents of three towns near Berlin were told to leave their homes.

This enabled approximately 650 firefighters, who were aided by water cannons, to set up an outer perimeters around the fire that broke out in the Sierra de la Culebra in Zamora.

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