Monday, 12 September 2011

Forest fire burns out of control in Mijas

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official in southern Spain says a forest fire burning out of control in the picturesque town of Mijas forced the evacuation of 300 homes. Andalusian regional government spokesman Agustin Perez said Monday the fire broke out Sunday evening, and most of the evacuees have since been able to return because strong winds fanning the flames have shifted. He said no one had been hurt in the fire. Mijas _ near the resort city of Marbella _ is a tourist magnet renowned for its narrow streets with whitewashed homes. More than 200 firefighters and 17 aircraft continue to battle the fire in a hillside area of pine trees and scrubland. Perez said the amount of land burned was not yet known. The regional government said Marbella was not threatened.

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