State of emergency declared as huge wildfire near Marbella causes hotel evacuations – World News

Strong winds of up to 25mph have hampered efforts to control the fire, with crews reporting the flames were spreading at a speed of 30 meters per minute

Wildfires have prompted evacuations across the Costa del Sol
Wildfires have prompted evacuations across the Costa del Sol

A huge forest fire on the Costa del Sol has prompted hotel evacuations and forced people from their homes near the popular resort of Marbella.

High temperatures and strong winds in the province of Malaga have fueled the fire, which has been declared a level two emergency by local officials.

The Sun reports that at least three firefighters were injured fighting the inferno, including one with 25 percent burns to his body.

More than 60 people were reportedly evacuated from properties in the Montemayor area of ​​Benahavis, with flames and smoke reportedly visible from Marbella.







Evacuations are taking place in areas near the fire
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17 firefighting aircraft and 140 firefighters are currently deployed to fight the fire that broke out in the Valle del Genal, south of Ronda, in the municipality of Pujerra.

The Andalusian regional government has asked for the army’s emergency unit to be called in to help with the crisis.

A recreation center in Benahavis has opened as temporary housing to help evacuees who have nowhere else to go.







Smoke and flames can be seen from the popular resort of Marbella
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Strong winds of up to 25mph have hampered efforts to control the fire, with crews reporting the flames were spreading at a speed of 30 meters per minute.

Pujerra Mayor Francisco Macías said the fire was affecting an area already devastated by fires last summer.

“It practically affected the area of ​​the fire last summer,” he said in quotes reported by Sur in English.







People walk as they are evacuated from a forest fire that has broken out in Pujerra, Benahavis
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Andalucia has been on a high alert for wildfires since the moth began due to rising temperatures.

Last year’s fires led to the evacuation of 2,500 homes from six towns across the region.

Precautions in place in the area include a ban on barbecues and campfires, and restrictions on motor vehicles in wooded areas.







High temperatures and strong winds led to the area being placed on alert earlier in the month
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Over 3 million British tourists visited the Andalusia region in 2019, with Malaga, Marbella and Torremolinos among the most popular holiday destinations in the region.

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