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The fire Burning from shortly before 22:00 on Wednesday part of the sierra Bermeja, affecting several municipalities of the Malaga province, among them Estepona, Genalguacil and Jubrique. The seriousness of the situation, made difficult by the meteorological conditions, has forced evict more than 400 people.

According to the information provided by the 112 emergency service, of the total of those affected, fifteen have been rehoused and treated in the Carmen pavilion in Estepona. The intervention has been carried out preventively in the Forest Hill area and in the center of Las Abejeras, as well as a gas station on the AP-7 in Estepona.

The fire remains active and is trying to be put out at this time by 200 members of the Infoca Plan, as well as ten fire trucks. According to the details provided by the autonomous body, the forecast is that with the first light of day, two amphibious aircraft, a coordination plane, three Super Puma helicopters and two Kamov helicopters will join the extinction efforts.

The device has been increasing with the advance of the flames. Initially, 25 forest firefighters were displaced to Genalguacil and another 18 to Jubrique. The scale of the fire, the causes of which are yet to be determined, has caused the delegate of the Government of the Junta de Andalucía, Patricia Navarro, to activate at 3:34 am this morning on Level 1 of the Forest Fire Emergency Plan.

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This level 1 is activated in those fires that can be controlled with the means of extinction provided for in the Plan, the need for the implementation of measures for the protection of people and non-forest assets.

Numerous notices

The 112 service answered at 21:37 hours the first of more than 140 calls that warned of a fire that affects several municipalities in the area: Jubrique, Genalguacil and Estepona.

Immediately, the coordinating center room was alerted to the Civil Guard, at Provincial Consortium of Firefighters of Malaga, the Andalusian Emergency Group (GREA), the Local Police, the National Police Unit attached to the Community, the Civil Protection of Estepona, and the Provincial Operational Center (COP) of Infoca.

As a consequence of the fire and its extension, circulation on the MA-8301 road has been cut off since midnight from Estepona to the port of Peñas Blancas.

Forest agents work to control the fire.

This same municipal body has launched just an hour ago a message of caution against the advance of the flames, recommending those who are in the affected area to move their cars away, leaving space for the emergency services.

The intensity of the fire has been confirmed by the numerous photographs and messages of regret published on social networks by residents of towns such as Gaucín, Estepona, San Pedro or Marbella.

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