Fire outbreak shuts highway between France and Spain

A fire in northeastern Spain on the French border forced authorities to shut a highway linking the two countries for several hours on Saturday at the height of a heatwave , firefighters said.

“ We ’re working together with French firefighters on a fire at la Jonquera, ” they said on Twitter .

The firefighters in Catalonia said they were aided by six water-dropping planes and helicopters .

They added the blaze , which began around 5 : 30 pm ( 1530 GMT) according to French authorities, was quickly brought under control and by the evening, the highway was open again .

The fire comes as France experiences the summer’ s busiest day on the roads, as July holiday -makers return home and those who vacation in August depart .

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