Fire in Spain: They leave their homes in the resort of Estepona

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About 500 people have been forced to flee their homes in the resort of Estepona in the south Spain due to the fire that broke out on Wednesday (8/9) around 21:30.

About 250 firefighters are involved in the efforts to extinguish it fire said in a statement the local government of Andalusia.

“The morphology of the area is difficult, with steep slopes and the strong westerly winds make the situation even more difficult”, according to the announcement and as broadcast by the Athenian News Agency.

Estepona, near Malaga, is a popular destination for British retirees and holidaymakers.

By the end of August, fires in Spain had burned 742,600 acres, more than the average of the last 10 years but less than the 1,900,000 acres destroyed in 2012, the worst year in a decade.

According According to the Ministry of the Environment, the last decade has seen 7 of the 10 warmest years Spain has ever experienced. Unusually large fires have broken out in various parts of the world this year, due to extremely high temperatures and drought, which according to experts is a result of climate change.

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