Emergency declared as massive wildfire erupts near Marbella with hotels evacuated & dozens left fleeing homes

A MASSIVE wildfire is burning across the hills and bearing down on homes in Spain’s popular Malaga province near Marbella.

Hundreds of people face being evacuated as the inferno rages – burning across the landscape at a rate of 30 metres per minute.

Footage show the huge plume of smoke visible from Marbella

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Footage show the huge plume of smoke visible from Marbella
Firefighters shared aerial footage of the enormous blaze

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Firefighters shared aerial footage of the enormous blazeCredit: Twitter/@Plan_INFOCA
Flames were seen licking over hilltops as the fire spread in the winds

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Flames were seen licking over hilltops as the fire spread in the winds
The fire is burning at a rate of 30 metres per minute as firefighters try to battle the blaze

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The fire is burning at a rate of 30 metres per minute as firefighters try to battle the blazeCredit: Twitter/@Plan_INFOCA

Dozens of people – including expats – have already been evacuated from communities in the hills in Pujerra and Benahavis.

At least three firefighters have been hurt in the operation to battle the blaze, including one who suffered 25 per cent all over body burns.

Pictures from nearby Marbella – one of the most famous resorts in the Costa Del Sol – show the nearby hills ablaze with flames.

Hotels in the under threat area have also been evacuated, with photos show the Spanish Civil Guard clearing out tourists.

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Some 140 firefighters, six fire trucks, and 17 planes & helicopters have been deployed to battle the inferno.

But their heroic efforts are being hampered by 25mph winds which are fanning and driving the flames.

And the flames currently dominate an area which is only accessible by water dropping helicopters and aircraft.

Local authorities have declared an emergency at Level 2 of the Forest Fire Emergency Plan.

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The Junta de Andalucía also called for the Spanish army’s emergency unit to be deployed to help deal with the crisis.

Residents in the area are being urged to move to safety – with 60 already having to leave their homes.

Dozens more are soon expected to be moved from the Marbella Club Golf Resort, reports The Olive Press.

Temporary shelters are being set up to house those forced to leave their homes.

Local councillor Scott Marshall said: “It’s awful, everyone is out fighting this fire – but with winds of [25mph] it’s really hard work.”

Videos from the scene shared by firefighters show a huge plume of smoke rising above the hills.

Recent sweltering weather has seen the area under high alert levels for possible forest fires.

Barbeques, bonfires and cars are all banned from being used in forested areas amid fears the region is becoming a tinderbox.

And the area currently burning was impacted by a huge wildfire last summer – which saw 2,500 homes evacuated from six towns.

Members of the Spanish Civil Guard check a hotel as people are evacuated from a forest fire that broke out in Pujerra

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Members of the Spanish Civil Guard check a hotel as people are evacuated from a forest fire that broke out in PujerraCredit: Reuters
People walk as they are evacuated from a forest fire that broke out in Pujerra

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People walk as they are evacuated from a forest fire that broke out in PujerraCredit: Reuters
Spanish Civil Guard evacuate an elderly man from his home

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Spanish Civil Guard evacuate an elderly man from his homeCredit: Reuters
Waiters move a table from a restaurant’s terrace amid the evacuation

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Waiters move a table from a restaurant’s terrace amid the evacuationCredit: Reuters
People walk as they are evacuated from the forest fire

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People walk as they are evacuated from the forest fireCredit: Reuters

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