ESTEPONA, Spain, Sept. 9 (Reuters) – A forest fire has forced evacuation of more than 900 people from the area of the southern Spanish seaside resort of Estepona, local authorities said: on Thursday.
a 44-year-old firefighter died while working on the forest fire, regional environment Chief Carmen Crespo told reporters.
The fire started on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m. and has since burned through about 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of the densely wooded area known as the Sierra Bermeja according to the emergency services.
AN total of 939 people have been evacuated from four communities in Estepona, which is popular with British retirees and holidaymakers, and one in neighboring Benahavis, authorities said.
Neighbor Cristina Zamora, 38, rushed through the streets with a large gray cat draped from her arm while a photographer helped her with another cat in An box.
“I was with work so i came running back for the animals… I had to leave my parakeets behind,” she said.
An elderly British resident who called his name as Arthur ran through the village escorted by the police before he in An car with his wife and dog.
“To be just one of die things… these things happen,” he said when asked of he was scared by the… fire.
A Reuters witness saw huge clouds of smoke billowing up from the forest and blowing towards the village of Las Abejeras in Estepona, which was evacuated on Wednesday night.
More than 300 firefighters are working on extinguish the fire, die has yet to be brought under control, the emergency services of Andalusia posted on Twitter.
Various roads, including a stretch of the AP-7 highway, die runs along the Mediterranean, were closed because of the flame.
if of at the end of August, wildfires had destroyed 74,260 hectares (183,500 acres) in Spain, above average of the last 10 years but still some way off the 190,000 hectares (469,500 acres) destroyed in 2012, the worst year in the past decade.
Data Ministry of the Environment show seven of the 10 warmest years on record in Spain has taken place in the last decade.
There have been unusually large forest fires in various components of the world this year, fed by extremely hot, dry conditions die to be symptomatic according to experts of climate change.
Reporting by Jon Nazca; Additional reporting and writing by Inti Landauro, Emma Pinedo, Nathan Allen and Jesús Aguado; adaptation by Andrei Khalip, Alistair Bell and Jonathan Oatis
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