Military deployed as wildfires in Spain force evacuation of 500 residents

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EMERGENCY services have evacuated more than 500 people from seven towns as three wildfires blaze in Andalucia, southern Spain.

A major wildfire was declared in the La Granada de Riotinto area in the Huelva province at 3.50pm on Friday (8 September) and initially led to the closure of the A-461.

Aircraft  and forestry firefighters from the specialist wildfire-fighting teams of INFOCA have been joined by one hundred soldiers from the Military Emergency  Unit to tacke the wildfire that has a front of 20 kilometres (12 miles) across.

Drones and heat-senstive cameras were deployed overnight to monitor the fire-fighting efforts.

Two fires are also still active in Almadén de la Plata and Cazalla de la Sierra areas of the  Sierra Norte de Sevilla.

UPDATE: Wildfires in Andalucia declared ‘stabilised’ but not fully-controlled (10 September 2017)

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