Deadly fire in southern Spain

A firefighter is dead yesterday in southern Spain fighting a forest fire in the province of Malaga.

Aged 44, he was one of some 400 firefighters mobilized against this fire which broke out in the Sierra Bermeja massif, in Andalusia.

The steep terrain and the wind complicate the task of firefighters who nevertheless benefit from the aid of water bombers.

José Luis Perez, spokesperson for the firefighters: “This is a very difficult fire to control, we have gusts of up to 40 kilometers per hour. With westerly and easterly winds, this means that the fire has moved from one to the other. side to side, and the high temperatures are drying out the vegetation. The humidity is very low, so the vegetation burns very easily. At the moment, we are trying to avoid having to evacuate more people. “

Until then, about 1 000 people were evacuated from their homes as a precautionary measure, mainly in the municipality of Estepona, popular with pensioners and British tourists.

Local authorities believe that it could be a arson, the fire having started in several places at the same time.

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