Hundreds of tourists & # 39; including British & # 39; be evacuated from Costa del Sol fire

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British tourists are among the hundreds of evacuated massive forest fires on the Costa Del Sol after it was started by a French man trying to smoke out a hive

  • About 500 houses in Estepona on the Spanish Costa del Sol have been evacuated
  • They include a luxury complex called Forest Hills that is popular with Britons
  • A French man was arrested after he allegedly started the fire on Monday
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Among hundreds of British tourists were forced to flee in safety in Spain after another huge forest fire, reportedly started by a French man trying to smoke out a hive.

About 500 houses in Estepona in southern Spain have been evacuated, including a luxury complex called Forest Hills that is popular with the British.

More than 200 firefighters are trying to get the fire under control, but it has already destroyed more than 200 hectares of land.

The eruption of the Costa del Sol is independent of the natural fire in Gran Canaria that has forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate.

A huge forest fire is burning in Estepona in southern Spain - forcing hundreds of people, including British tourists, to evacuate their holiday homes

A huge forest fire is burning in Estepona in southern Spain – forcing hundreds of people, including British tourists, to evacuate their holiday homes

A seaplane drops water on a forest fire in Estepona while firefighters tackle the fire on Tuesday

A seaplane drops water on a forest fire in Estepona while firefighters tackle the fire on Tuesday

A seaplane drops water on a forest fire in Estepona while firefighters tackle the fire on Tuesday

Firefighters are trying to get the fire under control, but it has already destroyed more than 200 hectares of land

Firefighters are trying to get the fire under control, but it has already destroyed more than 200 hectares of land

A police officer watches the fire in southern Spain

A police officer watches the fire in southern Spain

Firefighters are trying to get the fire under control, but it has already destroyed more than 200 hectares of land. The fire is being watched by a Spanish police officer, right?

Rescuers watch as flames and smoke rise from the forest in southern Spain

Rescuers watch as flames and smoke rise from the forest in southern Spain

Rescuers watch as flames and smoke rise from the forest in southern Spain

A French citizen has been arrested for allegedly starting the Estepona fire on Monday morning.

The forest fire remains uncontrolled and can be seen from the center of Estepona, a popular holiday resort in the province of Malaga in southern Spain.

Yesterday afternoon, 42 scattered houses were evacuated when the fire raged, with the evacuees – many of them described as foreign – set up in a sports center by the local government of Estepona.

An evacuee, Anastacia Chapman, said she was evacuated and said families had air mattresses and friendly staff who took care of us.

Another woman, Melanie Brockway, said she & # 39; spent the night on the beach & # 39; after she was evacuated.

Residents of more than 300 houses in the Forest Hills complex also had to leave because the wind changed direction.

Five people had to be treated for smoke poisoning, minor burns and bruises, although none of them had to be taken to the hospital.

Firefighters wearing protective clothing overlook the smoke waving across the countryside

Firefighters wearing protective clothing overlook the smoke waving across the countryside

Firefighters wearing protective clothing overlook the smoke waving across the countryside

An evacuee, Anastacia Chapman, said she was evacuated and said families had air mattresses and friendly staff who took care of us & # 39;

An evacuee, Anastacia Chapman, said she was evacuated and said families had air mattresses and friendly staff who took care of us & # 39;

An evacuee, Anastacia Chapman, said she was evacuated and said families had air mattresses and friendly staff who took care of us & # 39;

About 500 houses in Estepona in southern Spain have been evacuated, including a luxury complex called Forest Hills (photo) that is popular with British

About 500 houses in Estepona in southern Spain have been evacuated, including a luxury complex called Forest Hills (photo) that is popular with British

About 500 houses in Estepona in southern Spain have been evacuated, including a luxury complex called Forest Hills (photo) that is popular with British

The forest fire remains uncontrolled and can be seen from the center of Estepona, a popular holiday resort in the province of Malaga in southern Spain

The forest fire remains uncontrolled and can be seen from the center of Estepona, a popular holiday resort in the province of Malaga in southern Spain

The forest fire remains uncontrolled and can be seen from the center of Estepona, a popular holiday resort in the province of Malaga in southern Spain

High winds and temperatures in the area are said to make the operation more difficult.

The French man has been arrested by the police unit associated with the Andalusian autonomous community and is in police custody awaiting a lawsuit.

Regional official Elías Bendodo said it is believed that the man caused the fire on the land that he rented through & # 39; negligence & # 39; to commit.

& # 39; This happened when I tried to burn a hive and it got out of hand, & # 39; said Bendodo.

The eruption on the mainland comes in the midst of a furious wildfire on Gran Canaria, a Spanish holiday island off the coast of northwest Africa.

Around 10,000 people have been evacuated in Gran Canaria and more than 1,000 firefighters and emergency services have been deployed, as well as about 15 water-assisted helicopters and planes.

Local officials said today, however, that the natural fire had subsided as the wind subsided.

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