IN PICTURES: Costa del Sol wildfire ‘stabilised’ after 400 people evacuated THIS MORNING

MANILVA WILDFIRE: Confirmed as 'stabilised' at 8.15am this morning

FIREFIGHTERS have quickly brought a major Costa del Sol wildfire under control this morning, despite it being fanned by strong winds.

At daybreak helicopters joined the effects to extinguish the flames after 400 people were evacuated from their homes and the main A-7 coast road was closed in both directions near Manilva.

The blaze was declared at around 5am in the area of the Los Hidalgos, Hacienda Guadalupe and El Goleto urbanisations and the campsites in the Duquesa area.

As well as the INFOCA wildfire specialists fire crews have been drafted in from Manilva, Estepona, Coin and the Algatocin in the Serrania de Ronda.

The fire was stabilised by 8.15am the A-7 road has been re-opened and residents are being allowed to return home.

There is speculation among local residents that a firework from a fiesta in Manilva sparked the blaze.

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