Published on : Friday, September 10, 2021
At least 600 people have been evacuated from their homes in the hills above the southern Spanish resort town of Estepona on Thursday as firefighting teams and planes fought a wildfire. Costa Del Sol is a prime holiday spot in the country. This massive wildfire has also forced 400 British holidaymakers to evacuate from the two estates close to the resort.
The blaze in the Sierra Bermeja mountain range started late on Wednesday and grew overnight prompting evacuations near Estepona, an area of the Costa del Sol which is normally popular with British tourists and expatriates. There are over 200 firefighters have been called to battle the blaze in the region.
A number of those Britons who have been evacuated, have now be sheltered in the Carmen Pavillion Estepona by Spanish authorities.
Twenty-nine planes and helicopters were scrambled to work with 250 firefighters to extinguish the fire.
Dense smoke from the blaze forced authorities to close 14km (9 miles) of the AP-7 motorway, one of the major coastal roads, but this was later re-opened on Thursday afternoon. Two smaller roads have also been closed.
The MA-8301 road has been closed to traffic because of the proximity of the flames to the road that links Estepona to the Penas Blancas mountain pass.
Fire crews were called at 9.37 last night to more than 140 reports of fires in Jubrique, Genalguacil and Estepona areas.