Suspected Arson Wildfire in Northern Spain Shuts Down Major Roads

A suspected arson wildfire in Verín, in northwest Spain, spread over 550 hectares (about 1,360 acres) and resulted in the temporary closure of several major roads on August 3, according to government officials.

The regional government of Galicia said that the fire started simultaneously at three different sites, pointing to “clear intentionality” to cause damage to people and property.

Firefighters were on the ground working to halt the spread of the blaze, as seen in this footage shared by the Ministry of Ecological Transition. A helicopter was also deployed as temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and wind changes made efforts more difficult.

The General Directorate of Traffic reported that major roads in the region were cut off for several hours due to the fire. Credit: Ministry of Ecological Transition via Storyful

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