Suspected arson in northern Spain closes major roads

A suspected arson attack in Verín, in northwestern Spain, covered 550 hectares (about 1,360 acres) and led to the temporary closure of several main roads on August 3, according to government officials. The regional government of Galicia said the fire broke out simultaneously at three different sites, underlining a “clear intention” to cause damage to people and property. Firefighters were on the ground to stem the spread of the blaze, as shown in this sequence shared by the Ministry of Ecological Transition. A helicopter was also deployed as temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and changing winds made the effort more difficult. The General Directorate of Traffic said major roads in the area were cut off for several hours due to the fire. Credit: Ministry of Ecological Transition via Storyful