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Spain fire: Thousands flee blaze near Costa del Sol town

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Around 2,000 people have left their homes after wildfires broke out in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia.

One firefighter was killed in the blaze, which started on Wednesday on high ground above the popular Costa del Sol resort town of Estepona.

The Spanish government has sent a military unit to assist firefighters in the mountainous area.

On Sunday, six more towns and villages were evacuated, and massive plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away.

On Friday, residents in five other communities were told to leave their homes.

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

“This is inhuman, nothing like this has ever been seen,” said one evacuee, Adriana Iacob, to the news agency Reuters. “It was incredible to see the fire flames running through the mountains.”

“We haven’t slept in days since the fire started. It’s a disaster “Pepa Rubio, another local, agreed.

This summer has seen a number of wildfires across Europe.

Climate change increases the likelihood of hot, dry weather, which fuels wildfires.

The world has already warmed by about 1.2 degrees Celsius since the beginning of the industrial era, and temperatures will continue to rise unless governments around the world drastically reduce emissions.

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