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Wildfire rages out of control in Spain

2013-07-28 18:05

Madrid - The regional government of Spain's Balearic Islands says a wildfire is raging out of control in Mallorca, the popular Mediterranean luxury tourist destination.

A statement says some 700 residents had to be evacuated early on Sunday morning from the village of Estallencs as fires fanned by winds spread eastward along wooded hills.

The fire started on Friday just east of the leisure port of Andratx and began to move along the island's northern forested parkland. Some 360 firefighters and 26 water-carrying aircraft are combatting the flames, the government says.

The hills to the north of Mallorca, known as the Sierra de Tramontana, are of great natural beauty and many wealthy people, such as Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, are known to have acquired villas along its coastline.