GALICIA BLAZES: 146 fires reported, two dead and 500 military deployed

THE remains of two people have been found in a burnt out car in Galicia in the north of Spain after a weekend that has seen more than 146 fires recorded.

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The vehicle was found on the road between Camos and Chandebrito in the municipality of Pontevedra Nigrán. Initial reports  indicate that the van was trapped by the fire while driving  through a wooded area.

Between Friday and Sunday afternoon there were 146 fires reported with 28 in the early hours of the morning when fire-fighting helicopters cannot be used.

There is currently a major fire burning in the city of Vigo. Strong winds have fanned the flames of fires across four provinces in Galicia – some of which are believed to have been set by arsonists.

This afternoon the student residences of the University of Vigo  have been evacuated due to the proximity of the flames to the campus.

Fire-fighting reinforcements and military personnel  have been sent to the region 

The Ministry of Defence has deployed a total of 500 soldiers to join the 350 firefighters, 220 pumps and air assets.

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