UPDATED 12:27 PM PT – Saturday, August 29, 2020
A large wildfire is burning its way through Andalusia, Spain, and has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate. Firefighters teamed up with military personnel on Saturday to battle the blaze, which has been burning across the southern region since Thursday.
There are more than 200 personnel and 26 aircraft units on scene working together to put out the flames.
According to emergency services, at least 500 people were ordered to evacuate as strong winds fueled the blaze.
▶️El incendio en Almonaster la Real #Huelva sigue avanzando tras 52 horas y con casi 1.900 personas evacuadas. El fuego ha arrasado 9.000 hectáreas.
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“At around 1:15 am, they arrived at the old station where the houses are and they evacuated us,” explained one resident. “They brought us here to the theater, and here we remain until the fire can be extinguished or they give us some news.”
Evacuations were required in five different parts of Almonaster la Real.