September 23, 2021

Thousands flee fire in Spain near Costa del Sol

According to Spanish media, the fire has burned 7 400 hectares.

Thousands flee fire in Spain near Costa del Sol

Thousands flee fire in Spain near Costa del Sol photo credit: BBC

Around 2 000 people have left their homes after a large fire broke out in the southern region of Spain, Andalusia.

One emergency worker was killed in the fire, which began on Wednesday on high ground above the popular resort town of Estepona in Spain.

The Spanish government has deployed a military unit to help firefighters in the mountainous range. Six more towns and villages were evacuated on Sunday and huge plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away. Residents of five other communities were told to evacuate on Friday.

According to Spanish media, the fire has burned 7 400 hectares.

Europe has seen a number of wildfires this summer, which was likely caused by climate change.

Climate change increases the risk of the hot, dry weather that is likely to fuel wildfires.

The world has already warmed by about 1.2C since the start of the industrial era and temperatures will continue to rise unless governments work together to cut emissions.

Sources: BBC

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