Firefighters drop water over wildfires in Spain

STORY: Strong winds were making it harder to control the blaze in the densely forested areas of Las Hurdes and Sierra de Gata in the Extremadura region, emergency services said.

People from three villages - Cadalso, Descargamaría and Robledillo de Gata - were evacuated overnight and three roads in the area were closed, the Civil Guard said.

Up to 260 firefighters and 165 soldiers were fighting the blaze, authorities said.

Guillermo Fernandez Vara, president of the Extremadura region, said efforts to control it were being hampered by winds gusting at up to 35 mph (60 kph) and by the forested landscape.