Hundreds evacuated as wildfire grows in southwestern Spain

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MADRID (AP) — At least 500 people have been evacuated from their homes and road traffic has been disrupted as firefighting teams and planes fight a wildfire in southwestern Spain. The fire in a mountain range of the Malaga province started late on Wednesday and grew overnight, prompting the first evacuations near the resort town of Estepona. As the blaze expanded, a housing development with about 50 residents was also emptied by authorities on Thursday morning. Around 250 firefighters were working to extinguish the fire on the ground, helped by 29 planes, authorities said. Wildfires are common in southern Europe during the hot, dry summer months.

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