Villagers flee their homes as Spanish wildfire flares up on day five – .

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Villagers flee their homes as Spanish wildfire flares up on day five – .


ESTEPONA, Spain, September 12 (Reuters) – People fled their homes in six other Andalusian towns and villages on Sunday as Spain sent a military unit to help fight the raging fires near a resort town in the Costa del Sol.

A forest fire fanned by high winds has chased nearly 2,000 people and killed a rescuer since it erupted on Wednesday in the mountainous Sierra Bermeja mountain above Estepona, a popular spot with tourists and locals alike. British pensioners. Read more

Huge plumes of smoke rising above the mountains could be seen from miles away. Images released by emergency services showed firefighters trying to contain the flames in the dry, wooded terrain.

Evacuees, including elderly people, sat around plastic tables at a sports center in the nearby town of Ronda, as volunteers brought bottled water, chairs and supplies.

“Everything has been very quick and efficient to tell you the truth, but we’re a little nervous because we don’t know what’s going to happen,” said computer scientist Abraham Lopez, who was evacuated from his home in Genalguacil.

Emergency teams also evacuated residents of the towns and villages of Jubrique, Farajan, Pujerra, Alpandeire and Juzcar on Sunday to the hills where the fire is burning amid the high temperatures of late summer.

A forest fire is observed at night over the Sierra Bermeja mountain, near the towns of Genalguacil (L) and Benarraba (below), in southern Spain on September 10, 2021. Photo taken with long exposure. REUTERS / Jon Nazca

Five other towns were evacuated on Friday.

The fire had “unusual power and force” and was advancing in several directions, Alejandro Garcia of the Forest Fire Agency’s operations center told reporters.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the deployment of an emergency military unit to help fight the blaze. “We will work in coordination and relentlessly in the face of the fire ravaging the province of Malaga,” he said on Twitter.

The fire covered more than 6,000 hectares according to provisional data from the Copernicus satellite of the European Commission, the environment ministry said in a statement.

The Andalusian regional forest fire agency said 365 firefighters were battling the blaze, supported by 41 planes and 25 vehicles.

Regional environmental chief Carmen Crespo said on Friday the blaze appeared to have been started on purpose and investigators were trying to uncover more details.

Reporting by Jessica Jones and John Nazca; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Andrew Heavens

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