Wildfire in southern Spain, thousands evacuated

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

The blaze started on Wednesday (June 8) afternoon on the slopes of Pujerra mountain in the Sierra Bermeja, above the Costa del Sol, a magnet for British tourists on the Andalusia coast, Andalusia's Wildfire Department (INFOCA) said on Twitter.

Hot summer weather and adverse winds are stoking the blaze, it said in a post late on Wednesday.

Most of the evacuees found shelter with relatives or at hotels, and emergency services set up tents in the town.

These two residents were evacuated from their homes.

“It was a bit stressful because it was unexpected, we were at home having dinner and suddenly the police announced over the loudspeaker that we had to leave, that we had one hour to evacuate. Then the rush to get everything, with the children, to make sure that nothing was missing, food, clothes, water, and leave running.”

“We have been here since 11 pm without eating, without knowing what we are going to do, how many days we are going to stay, here with the dogs and the family to spend the night.”

As many as 200 firemen from the department together with 100 military personnel and 50 firefighters from other Costa del Sol towns are battling the fire.

Spotter aircraft were over the area early on Thursday.

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