Wildfire forces evacuations in southern Spain

STORY: The fire, which started on Pujerra mountain, caused a huge cloud of smoke that could be seen from miles away.

Police officers assisted evacuating residents in the southern Spanish town, while restaurant workers carried their outdoor tables and chairs inside.

Donald and Gillian MacMichael, British citizens now residing in Benahavis, said they had been instructed to evacuate but were unclear for how long they would need to be away from their home.

“Whether they will be able to get in touch with us or anybody else during the night, whether we are expected to come back, we will just have to wait and see,” 81-year-old Donald explained.

Andalusia's regional forest fire agency (INFOCA) said 140 firefighters were tackling the blaze supported by 15 aircraft, and a Spanish Military unit was also being deployed on Wednesday night to assist with the efforts.

Wind gusts of 25 miles per hour is making the fire to advance over 98 feet per minute, INFOCA added.

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