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Major Wildfire in Spain Forces the Evacuation of 1,500

A resident flees from the flames in Añon de Moncayo, Zaragoza, Aug 13.

A resident flees from the flames in Añon de Moncayo, Zaragoza, Aug 13.

Photographer:  Fabian Simon/Europa Press/Getty Images

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Madrid (AP) -- A large wildfire in northeast Spain grew rapidly overnight and was burning out of control Sunday, forcing the evacuation of eight villages and 1,500 people in Zaragoza province, firefighters said.

The head of the local Aragon government, Javier Lamban, said Sunday that the situation was critical in the town of Añon de Moncayo and the priority for the 300 firefighters fighting the blaze was to protect human lives and villages.