Fire in southern Spain under control

500 firefighters and 260 soldiers called up

14 September, 12:46

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, SEPTEMBER 14 - A fire in southern Spain that led to the death of one firefighter and the evacuation of 2,600 was under control by Tuesday morning, regional authorities said.

    The fire, which broke out on Wednesday near Malaga in Spain's Andalusia region "is under control. The rain that has been falling for hours has been the best ally" of firefighters, regional governor Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla wrote on Twitter.

    Now, he added, it is necessary to manage the "complex phase until it is extinguished".

    About 500 firefighters and 260 soldiers from a specialized department of the army have been mobilized to fight the flames, which have destroyed over 8,000 hectares of terrain in the massive Sierra Bermeja.

    The fire, in an area with some of the most important zones from an environmental standpoint, cost the life of firefighter Carlos Martínez Haro.

    Two other firefighters have been injured while 19 other people were not injured in an accident suffered by an emergency helicopter they were travelling on.

    The helicopter crashed after hitting into a tree on Monday during the firefighting operations.

    About 2,600 people have been forced to temporarily leave their homes due to their being near the flames but will be able to return on Tuesday.

    According to those at the helm of the firefighting plan, the fire was the most difficult to put out in recent history in Spain and had been aggravated by climate change.

    On Monday, the prime minister said that initial information suggested that the fire was likely to have been a case of arson.


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