Spaniards fight forest fire in Donana UNESCO nature reserve
BARCELONA | A forest fire in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of 1,000 people and is threatening a national park famous for its biodiversity, authorities said Sunday.
The flames have advanced westward and have entered Donana National Park, one of Spain’s most important nature reserves and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994.
The park, which has more than 123,550 acres of wetlands and woods, is an important stop for migratory birds from Africa and Europe and is home to a variety of animals, including the highly endangered Iberian lynx and the Iberian imperial eagle.
“The fire has entered in the limits of the reserve, and that is where we are focusing our efforts,” Jose Gregorio Fiscal Lopez from the regional Andalusian authority in charge of the environment told Spanish national television.