Spanish firefighters tame wildfire
Hundreds of firefighters backed by planes and helicopters on Monday tamed a forest wildfire raging around the tourist spot of Malaga in southern Spain, officials said.
Whipped up by warm winds, the blaze broke out in thicket and pine groves Sunday and the flames spread quickly, forcing the authorities to temporarily evacuate more than 200 people, they said.
After a battle that ended Monday afternoon, the authorities said there were no more active fronts in the fire and they lifted a fire alert.
"There is no longer a danger to inhabited areas," said a statement by the Andalusia region's firefighters.
At the height of the wildfire Sunday the authorities had evacuated about 200 people from the three towns of Marbella, Mijas and Ojen, a Malaga local government official said. Many residents later returned home.
A total of 260 firefighters fought the blaze on the ground. They were joined by 22 aircraft: 11 planes and 11 helicopters including firefighting, cargo and transport choppers.
Officials said a total of about 400 hectares (1,000 acres) were scorched.
© 2011 AFP