MADRID: A wildfire raging in western Spain on Friday forced the evacuation of 1,400 people from towns and campsites, officials said. The blaze, which broke out on Thursday amid scorching temperatures, has burned over 5,000 hectares of land, the government of Extremadura region said in a statement. Some 300 firefighters backed by water-bomber aircraft battled the wildfire, which was fanned by strong winds. Some 1,400 residents of the villages of Acebo and Perales del Puerto, as well as holidaymakers from a number of mountain campsites, were taken overnight to the nearby towns of Caceres and Moraleja, the government added. The cause of the fire was still undetermined but “everything seems to indicate” that arson was to blame, the head of the regional government, Guillermo Fernandez Vara, said. Roughly 600 firefighters were battling four other wildfires burning in the southeastern region of Murcia.