By John Smith • 23 August 2017 • 15:31
ONE of the largest fires known to have occurred in the area of Encinedo (Leon) has seen the destruction of 5,000 hectares of land, most of which are uncultivated.
Some people have had to be evacuated by emergency services including 30 from the village of Santa Eulalia.
Three hundred fire fighters together with hundreds more officers from Civil Protection, Red Cross, Military and Guardia Civil are involved and fires in three particular areas have been brought under control.
There are fears that the fires may have been started deliberately before getting out of hand and residents in unaffected areas have been asked to keep alert and report any suspicious activity.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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