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Forest fire in southern Spain forces city to evacuate; three injured

A wildfire in the mountains of southern Spain has forced the evacuation of 2,000 people from the center of the town of Benahavis and injured three firefighters, authorities said.

The fire started on Wednesday afternoon on the slopes of the Pujerra mountain in the Sierra Bermeja above the Costa del Sol, a magnet for British tourists on the Andalusian coast, the Department said on Twitter. Andalusian of forest fires (INFOCA).

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Hot summer weather and headwinds are fanning the fire, he said in a message on Wednesday.

Emergency services set up tents in the town of 7,000, but most evacuees found refuge with relatives or in hotels.

No less than 200 firefighters from the department as well as 100 military and 50 firefighters from other towns on the Costa del Sol are fighting the fire.

Spotter planes were over the area early Thursday.

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“Unfortunately we have to report that three INFOCA firefighters suffered burns of different kinds and one of them burned 25% of his body and was evacuated to the hospital in Malaga,” he told reporters. the regional president of Andalusia, Juanma Moreno.

Another wildfire tore through that same mountain range in September, reducing at least 7,780 hectares (30 square miles) of woods and bushes to ashes in a matter of days. Around 1,000 firefighters supported by around 50 aircraft worked to extinguish this fire.

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