MADRID (AP) — A wildfire in hills near Madrid was contained but still not extinguished Monday after burning for four straight days, authorities said.
More than 500 firefighters supported by 49 vehicles and 14 water-dropping aircraft attended the blaze some 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of the Spanish capital.
The aircraft were taking special care to avoid dumping water on the nest of an imperial eagle — a protected species — in the area, the Madrid region emergency services said. A conservation group said the nest contained a chick.
Lower temperatures after a record-breaking heat wave in recent days and a weakening wind gave officials hope they might soon get an upper hand over the blaze, Madrid regional fire chief Agustín de la Herrán said.
However, temperatures in the area were still around 36 Celsius (97 Fahrenheit).