Casares Fire 3
Firemen working in the height of the flames (CREDIT: INFOCA/Twitter)

THE forest fire in the Sierra Crestellina area has been stabilised after a night and morning of intense work from firefighters.

The Junta reversed the Level 1 Emergency alert at around 9am when it became clear the flames were coming under control.

It came after aircraft were brought back in to tackle the fire in the hills of Casares at the first break of day.

The blaze began at around 7pm yesterday.

Some 24 families were evacuated as westerly winds threatened to bring the fire to homes.

At least one property was destroyed, with its owner having to take refuge in the swimming pool until he was rescued by firefighters.

Some six helicopters, two firetrucks and around 120 firefighters were initially roped in to tackle the blaze.

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