Spain deploys aircraft to battle wildfires

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MADRID: Spain on Sunday deployed three water-dropping planes to battle wildfires raging in remote regions in northern and central Spain amid unseasonably warm weather, the government said. The agriculture ministry said two amphibious water-scooping aircraft were sent to help dowse fires in the northern region of Cantabria and another plane was dispatched to the central region of Castile and Leon. The head of the regional government of Cantabria, Miguel Angel Revilla said winds of 80 kilometers (50 miles) an hour were fueling 70 wildfires in the region. The government in the neighboring region of Asturias in northwestern Spain said 20 wildfires were burning within its boundaries, including eight which firefighters had under control.

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