Wildfire in Southern Spain Forces More Than 1,000 From Their Homes.

Unusually strong winds and high late-summer temperatures hindered efforts Friday, September 10, to tame a wildfire near a popular resort in southern Spain that has forced more than 1,000 people out of their homes and killed an emergency worker.

Since erupting Wednesday, September 8, the blaze has burned through about 3,600 hectares (8,896 acres) of forest in the mountainous Sierra Bermeja above Estepona, a Mediterranean resort favored by British tourists and retirees.

A spokesperson for the regional fire brigade said authorities were planning to bring in two more planes and a Kamov helicopter to battle the wildfire, bringing the total number of aircraft deployed to 69.

Upwards of 1,000 people have been evacuated from four communities in Estepona and one in neighboring Benahavis, and a 44-year-old firefighter died Thursday, September 9.

(Reuters)

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