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article imageHundreds evacuated in Mallorca due to out-of-control forest fires

By Anne Sewell     Jul 28, 2013 in World
Andraitx - 700 people have been evacuated from the town of Estellencs in the west of Mallorca as a fierce forest fire rages out of control. 300 firefighters from all over the island are fighting the blaze.
The fire started two days ago near Andraitx and rapidly burned through the pine and oak forest above the town.
The Mallorca Daily Bulletin reported that the whole of the Sa Coma “Frio” valley in the hills above Andraitx town seemed to be on fire. They reported that the forest blaze was moving at “astonishing speed.”
It has since then blazed through an area of over 2,000 hectares and is the worst fire on the island since 1999.
A forest fire rages out of control on Mallorca in the Balearic Islands  Spain - July 2013.
A forest fire rages out of control on Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain - July 2013.
According to security forces in Mallorca, the blaze is still not under control.
Temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius in the shade combined with high winds are making the fire move faster and it is very difficult to contain.
Apparently there has been virtually no rain in the area for at least two months, making conditions very dry.
300 firefighters together with fire fighting planes and helicopters have been deployed to douse the flames.
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