Authorities say that a wildfire in the mountains of southern Spain forced 2,000 people to leave the center of the town of Benahavis and hurt three firefighters.

The fire started Wednesday afternoon on the slopes of Pujerra mountain in the Sierra Bermeja, which is above the Costa del Sol. The Costa del Sol is a popular spot for British tourists on the coast of Andalusia.

It said in a post late Wednesday that the fire is getting worse because of the hot summer weather and bad winds.

Tents were set up by emergency workers in the town of 7,000, but most of the people who had to leave found shelter with family or in hotels.

Up to 200 firefighters from the department, 100 soldiers, and 50 firefighters from other towns on the Costa del Sol are fighting the fire.

Early on Thursday, spotter planes flew over the area.

“Sadly, we have to report that three firefighters from INFOCA suffered burns of different kinds and one of them has 25% of his body burned and was evacuated to Malaga hospital,” Andalusia’s regional president Juanma Moreno told reporters.

In September, the same mountain range was hit by another wildfire that burned at least 7,780 hectares (30 square miles) of trees and bushes to ashes in just a few days. About 1,000 firefighters and about 50 planes worked together to put out the fire.


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