1 Oct, 2019 @ 23:27
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WATCH: Huge forest fire rages behind homes on Spain’s Costa del Sol as authorities warn ‘winds not helping’

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Firemen working in the height of the flames (CREDIT: INFOCA/Twitter)

THIS is the moment a huge forest blaze was filmed in the hills of the Costa del Sol this evening.

It comes after a level 1 emergency was declared after the fire broke out at around 7pm in Casares.

INFOCA most recently tweeted that winds of 25km/hr are ‘not helping’ firefighters put out the flames. 

Some six helicopters, two firetrucks and 36 firefighters were initially roped in to tackle the blaze in the Sierra Crestellina.

The fire is still raging on as the aircraft had to be grounded once the sun set.

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Firemen working in the height of the flames (CREDIT: INFOCA/Twitter)

The MA-8300 was cut off from the Las Cadenitas and Celima areas.

At 10:30 pm, when the flames turned north, however, the road opened again.

A level 1 Emergency Plan for forest fires was declared at 8.50pm.

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Authorities say winds are ‘not helping’ the firemen (CREDIT:INFOCA/Twitter)

The fire has two fronts, in the Celina and La Arquita areas.

A strong westerly wind is threatening to bring the flames closer to homes but firefighters are working hard to prevent it from reaching towns.

At least one home has been destroyed.

Its owner reportedly became trapped and had to take refuge in the pool until he was rescued by firefighters.

Other properties have been evacuated but have not yet been touched by the flames.

More to follow…

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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