500 people have been evacuated in southern Spain due to a forest fire near the tourist town of Estepona. The fire broke out around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. Estepona is near Malaga and is particularly popular with British holidaymakers.
About 250 firefighters are on-site to extinguish the fire, but the conditions are not making their work easy. The area has many steep slopes and strong winds blow.
Residents of three municipalities have been evacuated. It is not clear how many municipalities may still be at risk. Several roads are closed.
Since the end of August, almost 75,000 hectares have gone up in flames in Spain. This is more than the average of the past ten years, but not as bad as the 190,000 hectares that were reduced to ashes by wildfires in 2012.
Several southern European countries suffered from serious wildfires this summer. In Greece, more than 100,000 hectares went up in flames in August.