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Wildfire forces over 3,100 to evacuate in Andalusia, Spain


Runaway forest fires force more than 3,000 frightened residents to flee their homes in Spain

  • The fire broke out near the town of Almonaster la Real in Spain on Thursday
  • Over 500 workers, 16 helicopters and eight aircraft are fighting the fire
  • The weather conditions make it difficult for the emergency services to defeat the fire

Wildfire that broke out on Thursday has forced over 3,100 people to evacuate their homes in southern Spain.

The fire started in the mountains near the town of Almonaster la Real, 120 kilometers northwest of the city of Seville, and has already scorched 100 square kilometers of land.

More than 500 workers are fighting the fire, including firefighters and emergency services who worked around the clock this weekend.

Over 3,100 people had to evacuate their homes because of an uncontrollable wildfire that began in the mountains near the town of Almonaster la Real in southern Spain

People watch the devastating fire advance as it scorches 100 square kilometers of land

People watch the devastating fire advance as it scorches 100 square kilometers of land

One in 16 helicopters helps eight aircraft and over 500 workers extinguish the fire

One in 16 helicopters helps eight aircraft and over 500 workers extinguish the fire

Sixteen helicopters and eight planes were also hired to kill the devastating fire.

"It is very difficult to say when the devastating fire will be under control," said Juan Sanchez of the Andalusian Forest Fire Department.

Weather conditions make it difficult to fight the fire, but the wind eased overnight.

However, authorities expect stronger winds to pick up late Sunday and continue to fuel the fire.

The harsh terrain also makes it difficult to fight the fire as crew members have difficulty reaching all of the affected areas.

The wind and the harsh conditions of the site made it difficult for crew members to reach some of the affected areas

The wind and the harsh conditions of the site made it difficult for crew members to reach some of the affected areas

The wind eased overnight, which made fighting the fire a little easier, but authorities expect the wind to pick up again late Sunday

The wind eased overnight, which made fighting the fire a little easier, but authorities expect the wind to pick up again late Sunday

Another 70 people were evacuated on Saturday over wildfire in Mula, a small town in southeastern Spain in Murcia, while firefighters are also trying to put out two forest fires in the western region of Extremadura.

Over 40 percent of Europe is covered in forests, which, according to Eurostat, makes it a prime location for forest fires.

Last year around 1,300 square miles of the continent was burned in wildfire because of the intense heat of summer.

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