The forest fire that started in Montitxelvo , in the Vall d’Albaida area of the Valencia region of Spain on Thursday, remains uncontrolled after a day of intense firefighting. The battle has been made more complicated by the strong winds blowing in the area. The orography of the land does not work in favour of controlling the fire, as it is complex and makes the work of the firefighters even more difficult. Regional minister Elisa Núñez reported that the fire has already devastated 2,580 hectares with a fire perimeter of 38 kilometres. The municipalities affected so far are Montitxelvo, Aielo de Rugat, Llocnou de Sant Jeroni, Ador, Castellonet de la Conquesta, Vilallonga and Terrateig. The president of the Generalitat regional government, Carlos Mazón, who visited the advanced command post, reported that the number of people evacuated in the area exceeds 850, although no injuries or personal damage have been reported.