Spa­niards fight for­est fire in Do­nana UNESCO na­ture re­serve

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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.

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