Toronto Star

Hundreds flee as fire chars scenic region


A wildfire racing through forested hills in the northeast of the country has forced the evacuation of several hundred people.

The blaze broke out Sunday afternoon in dry woodland and was being fanned by steady winds. Within hours, the fire had charred around 450 hectares. Firefighte­rs said some 400 people were evacuated.

Europa Press news agency said seven water-dropping helicopter­s and more than 100 vehicles were at the scene. The agency said two firefighti­ng aircraft and another three helicopter­s were on their way to help.

Several roads were closed in the area around Odena, which is about 50 kilometres from Barcelona. The region is famed for its attractive countrysid­e.

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