LATEST: 50 firefighters tackle wildfire near Marbella

WILDFIRE: The blaze is described by INFOCA as 'active'

SPECIALIST firefighters are battling a wildfire that has broken out in the La Concha area near Marbella.

The flames can be seen from several kilometres away.

Emergency services started receiving calls just after 11pm on Saturday evening.

INFOCA, the group of specialist forest firefighters has deployed 50 people on the ground alongside two 3,500-litre water pumping vehicles.

A medical team and three agents from the Junta de Andalucia’s environment protection agency are also on the scene.

Six aircraft will join the firefighting efforts as day breaks on Sunday.

Twitter user @serratom1 wrote, “Madre mía, the front of the flames seems to grow larger. Let’s see help from the air come soon.’

The wildfire risk in Spain still remains high and the blaze comes in the same week that a nightime blaze destroyed more than 1.5 hectares of land near Ronda.

At 1,200m La Concha is the highest mountain in the Marbella area. It sits in the southernmost part of the of the Sierra Blanca mountan range, an extension of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park.

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