The worsening winds on Friday afternoon forced fire firefighters to retreat to tackle a blaze near a popular Costa del Sol resort which has displaced more than 1.000 people from their homes and killed an emergency worker.

The 44-year-old was one of approximately 400 firefighters to fight the flames that broke out in the Sierra Bermeja mountains of southern Malaga province late Wednesday, the Andalusian Regional Government said in a press release.

Since the fires broke out on Wednesday evenings, the blaze, which is thought to have destroyed around 4.700 acres of forest in mountain Sierra Bermeja above Estepona, a Mediterranean resort popular with British tourists and pensioners, has spread across the country.


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Estepona is a town and municipality in the comarca of the Costa del Sol, southern Spain. It is located in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. (wikipedia)

Mediterranean cuisine

Mediterranean cuisine is the food and methods of preparation used by the people of the Mediterranean Basin. (wikipedia)

Mediterranean Sea

The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the Mediterranean Basin and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Western and Southern Europe and Anatolia, (wikipedia)


Andalusia is the southernmost autonomous community in Peninsular Spain. It is the most populous and the second largest autonomous community in the country. (wikipedia)

Sierra Bermeja

Sierra Bermeja is a mountain range in southwestern Puerto Rico. It forms the southern boundary of the Lajas Valley and it is bordered by La Parguera in the Caribbean Sea coast. (wikipedia)