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Wildfires rage in southern Spain, triggering mass evacuations (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Over 3,000 people have been evacuated after a massive wildfire broke out in Spain’s southern province of Andalusia. Several separate wildfires are also raging in other regions of the country.

The massive wildfire broke out in the mountainous regions of Andalusia on Thursday. Thousands of hectares have been already burnt out while emergency services are struggling to contain the out-of-control blaze.

The fire triggered the mass evacuation of people living in small remote towns in the area, with over 3,000 people evacuated across the entire region so far.

Incendio de monte bajo en la ronda de Poniente de #Motril #Granada #Andalucia #112 #VOST pic.twitter.com/dRyged60Aa

— Motril Digital (@motrildigital) August 31, 2020

More than 500 emergency workers, including both civilian and military personnel, have been deployed into the area. The taskforce is backed up by heavy machinery, as well as aerial units.

#IFAlmonasterLaReal | Es el momento, que el equipo de extinción debe aprovechar para atacar con fuerza la cabeza del #IIFF. #BomberosForestales, militares de @UMEgob y efectivos del @CONSORCIOBOMBER forman un importante contingente que atacará la cabeza partiendo desde #LaZarza pic.twitter.com/bdjErQvz7t

— INFOCA (@Plan_INFOCA) August 29, 2020

“It is very difficult to say when the wildfire will be under control,” Juan Sanchez of the Andalusia Forest Fire Department told the AP on Sunday. Windy and dry weather has greatly contributed to the spread of the fires, he said.

ACTUALIZAMOS | #IFAlmonasterLaReal.

🔘#INFOCA. 330 efectivos de tierra, 12 autobombas, 8 máquinas pesadas.
🔘.@UMEgob. 157 militares, 9 vehículos pesados, 1 máquina pesada y 1 helicóptero.
🔘.20 bomberos y 10 vehículos.

📷 Grupo de intervención sale desde #Algodonales. pic.twitter.com/8408BpMPIJ

— INFOCA (@Plan_INFOCA) August 30, 2020

A further 70 people have been evacuated from the town of Mula, located in Spain’s southeastern region of Murcia after a wildfire dangerously approached the area.

Así descargaban agua 🛩💦 nuestros apagafuegos del #43grupo esta mañana en el #IFMula 🔥🌲. 6 toneladas directas contra el fuego 🎯#Corsarios #ApagaYVámonos. @Defensagob @Mitecogob pic.twitter.com/VjnHFE4OHv

— Ejército del Aire (@EjercitoAire) August 30, 2020

As of Monday, the Mula fire was declared “stabilized” yet it remained unclear when it will be fully extinguished.

Los responsables de la extinción declaran ESTABILIZADO el incendio de la Sierra de la Silla #IFMula. Se retiran operativos de @mitecogob Se calcula que, hasta ahora, ha afectado a algo más de 350 Ha de terreno.

▶️https://t.co/SAZmvaaAcM pic.twitter.com/rYya9g2FZQ

— 112 Región de Murcia (@112rmurcia) August 31, 2020

Another wildfire has been raging outside the town of Almonaster la Real in the province of Huelva. Firefighters had to use controlled burning tactics to contain the flames, while hitting the key areas with water-carrying aircraft from above.

#IFAlmonasterLaReal | Maquinaria pesada y quemas de ensanche controladas, así como el ataque directo en zonas críticas al frente de llama, son las herramientas que harán efectivo todo lo planificado. #MuchaFuerza y #Precaución a todos que lucharán contra las llamas esta noche pic.twitter.com/OMwe2QRYGA

— INFOCA (@Plan_INFOCA) August 29, 2020

Spanish firefighters are also struggling with two separate wildfires that have broken out in the western region of Extremadura.

Se está quemando Extremadura y no se le está dando voz pic.twitter.com/8Tf0MMoRTU

— 🦖 (@rmart98_) August 30, 2020
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