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Military called out to battle wildfire in Spain

Robert Besser
16 Sep 2021, 21:30 GMT+10

ESTEPONA, Spain: Spain sent in its military to help fight a wildfire that is continuing to threaten the popular Costa del Sol resort of Estepona, and has forced two more Andalusian towns to be evacuated.

The fire has displaced 1,000 residents from their homes and killed one emergency worker since it began on Wednesday in the Sierra Bermeja mountains, driven by strong winds and high late-summer temperatures.

The fire is threatening the Mediterranean resort town of Estepona, which is a favorite of British tourists and retirees.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the activation of the Military Emergency Unit to help firefighters tackle the blaze.

"We will work together and without rest in the face of the fire, which is devastating the province of Malaga," he tweeted.

According to Andalusia's regional forest fire agency, 365 firefighters, supported by 41 aircraft and 25 vehicles, are working to control the blaze.

Footage was shared on Twitter of firefighters attempting to control flames that were surging through dry and hilly terrain.

On Sunday, Andalusia's regional government ordered the "preventative evacuation" of the small towns of Jubrique and Genalguacil, where residents, who were confined to their homes on Saturday, will be evacuated to the nearby town of Ronda.

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