Hundreds Evacuated as Wildfires Spread Across Spain's Asturias Region

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Over 300 people were evacuated in Spain’s Asturias region by Friday, March 31, as a number of wildfires rapidly spread overnight, the country’s Guardia Civil said.

Emergency services said 91 individual forest fires were counted across the region on Friday.

One wildfire rapidly spread across a mountainside above Oviedo overnight, prompting evacuations.

Local authorities earlier said several houses in the Valdes, Villayon, and Tineo communities near the city were evacuated. At least 52 people, including seven children, were evacuated to a local sports center.

Poor weather conditions were expected to continue on Friday, with strong gusts of wind set to complicate firefighting efforts, emergency services said.

Authorities advised residents to confine themselves to their homes and to avoid driving. Credit: Guardia Civil via Storyful