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Spanish wildfire rages for sixth day as evacuees begin to return house

ESTEPONA, Spain, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Firefighters struggled on Monday to extinguish a wildfire raging for six days close to a Costa del Sol resort in southern Spain, however mentioned they lastly noticed encouraging indicators as a number of the hundreds of evacuees began returning house.

“The evolution over the previous few hours reveals hopeful indicators however we’ve to stay prudent,” fireplace brigade chief Juan Sanchez of the regional forest fireplace company informed reporters.

About 1,000 firefighters backed by some 50 plane have been working to place out the blaze that has already burned down 7,780 hectares (30 sq. miles) of forest because it broke out on Wednesday.

Firefighters have mentioned the wildfire has been one of the crucial troublesome to fight in latest occasions in Spain.

Nonetheless, some 1,054 individuals who have been evacuated from the resort of Estepona and the city of Benahavis final week have been allowed to return house, whereas a number of hundred folks from different close by areas are nonetheless stored away.

“Now we have been speaking for a very long time in regards to the penalties of rural space depopulation, local weather change and different phenomena. Right this moment we’re experiencing them,” Sanchez mentioned.

Fanned by robust winds, the wildfire began on Wednesday night within the mountainous Sierra Bermeja space above Estepona, a well-liked spot with British vacationers and retirees.

A firefighter died on Thursday whereas working to extinguish the hearth.

Regional surroundings chief Carmen Crespo mentioned on Friday the blaze appeared to have been began intentionally and investigators have been working to uncover extra particulars.

Reporting by Jon Nazca, writing by Inti Landauro, modifying by Andrei Khalip, William Maclean

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