Emergency services at the scene on Wednesday night. / SUR

Infoca scrambles 29 aircraft to try and control the huge wildfire near Estepona

More than 200 specialist firefighters, working in difficult terrain, are still battling the flames that are being fanned by strong winds

JUAN CANO / VANESSA MELGAR

Almost 30 aircraft, including both helicopters and planes, are working to try and bring the huge forest fire in the Sierra Bermeja under control this Thursday morning (9 September).

The fire has kept the towns of Jubrique, Genalguacil and Estepona in suspense since last night, after the blaze broke out at around 9.30pm.

Some 200 specialist firefighters are also working on the ground in ‘difficult’ terrain as the flames are being fanned by strong winds.

Two hundred firefighters tackle blaze in mountains behind Estepona as 400 are evacuated from their homes

On Wednesday evening, around 400 people living in the Forest Hill and Abejeras residential developments on the coast were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

At first light, this Thursday morning, an Infoca co-ordination plane took off from its base in Seville to help manage the incident and control the movements of the 29 aircraft.

At this stage there is no official calculation of the scale of the fire but specialists say the fire in Jubrique in July, which affected 400 hectares, looks "small" compared to it.