MADRID, AUGUST 16 – In the last few hours we have been able to observe a “favorable” evolution of the forest fires that worried most in Spain over the weekend, in correspondence with an intense heat wave that hit a large part of the Iberian country. This was reported by the authorities in charge of the containment and extinguishing of the flames. The largest and most threatening fire also for people was recorded in the province of Avila, in central Spain: initially developed near the town of Navalacruz, the flames burned at least 10,000 hectares of land and forced the precautionary evacuation of a thousands of people from some villages in the area, according to data provided by the Iberian media on Sunday. The operations of firefighters and fire-fighting vehicles to “stabilize and control” the fire have already resumed, the regional administration of Castile and León, the territory in which the fire developed, announced today. Positive news also arrives from the province of Castellón, in the Valencian Community: the fire recorded in the area of the locality of Azuébar, which had forced the evacuation of some people, has been “stabilized”, according to the competent regional administration. Work is also underway to extinguish a fire that developed near the town of Batres, in the Community of Madrid. After the highest temperature ever recorded in Spain (47.4ºC) was recorded on Saturday in Montoro, in the province of Córdoba, according to provisional data from the State Meteorological Agency to be confirmed, a drop in the maximum is expected for today, but the fire risk alert remains high in much of the country. (HANDLE).