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Giant fire in southern Spain, authorities carry out evacuations

A gigantic fire has ravaged southern Spain for five days, in the region of Malaga. The authorities carried out further evacuations on Sunday.

This fire broke out last Wednesday in the Sierra Bermeja, a very touristy mountainous region, and has already caused the death of a 44-year-old firefighter. The fire even grew larger this Sunday, because of the meeting of two sources of flames, which formed gigantic clouds of smoke.

The regional government of Andalusia has requested assistance from the Emergency Military Unit to evacuate residents of several villages at risk of the blaze, including Genalguacil, Juzcar and Jubrique, west of Malaga. In total, more than 2,000 people have already been displaced.

6,000 hectares ravaged by flames

“We are talking about a fire of unusual power and strength compared to the fires that we are used to seeing,” explained a firefighting service official, Alejandro Garcia, at a conference. hurry. Andalusia’s regional forest fire agency said 365 firefighters were tackling the blaze with the support of 41 planes and 25 vehicles, reports Reuters.

The Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition indicated that “provisional figures obtained by the Copernicus satellite of the European Commission” allow us to estimate that “an area greater than 6,000 hectares” has already gone up in smoke. A fire as difficult to control because of the winds and heat, but also by the “peculiarities of the terrain”, according to the authorities.

Pedro Sanchez, Spanish Prime Minister, expressed his support for all the victims of the fire. “We will work in coordination and tirelessly to fight the fire that is ravaging the province of Malaga. Our solidarity with all those affected, ”he wrote on Twitter.

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