The firefighters trying to control a fire that killed one of them and resulted in a total evacuation of 2,600 people in southern Spain were helped last night in their fight by light rains.
On Twitter, the Andalusian firefighters published this morning: "
the rain has arrived
About 500 firefighters, supported by 51 water bombers, were hard at work to fight this giant fire which has devastated since Wednesday evening more than 8,000 hectares in the mountain of Sierra Bermeja, near Malaga, according to the regional government. from Andalusia.
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Since Sunday, 260 soldiers from a specialized army unit have come to lend them a hand, at the request of local authorities.
According to images on local television, elderly people, evacuated preventively from their retirement home, applauded when the first drops of rain fell.
Elderly people were evacuated preventively.
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But the firefighters warned the population that this precipitation would help them but would not be sufficient.
The rain is not going to put out the fire,
" Juan Sanchez, head of the regional agency in charge of fighting the fires, told reporters.
in areas where the fire was under control, it will help us reduce the time needed to put it out
" completely, he added.
Forest fires continued into the night.
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This fire, which killed a 44-year-old firefighter on Thursday, has been described in recent days by authorities as "
complex and exceptional
" and "
" fanned by the swirling winds and the heat of recent days.
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Sunday, 1,600 inhabitants of six villages were evacuated preventively in the face of the advance of the flames.
Around 1,000 people had already been evacuated the previous days around the coastal town of Estepona but were allowed to return to their homes on Monday.
control it today would be a little too much to ask, but there is a glimmer of hope
", said, on Cadena Ser radio, the regional responsible for the Environment, Carmen Crespo.
Devastating fires fueled by the heatwave affected several Mediterranean countries this summer, such as Greece, Italy, Turkey and Algeria.
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