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Spain's emergency military unit on stand-by for the Sierra Bermeja wildfire

The Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez and the Junta's head, Juanma Moreno, have agreed to bring in the troops, if necessary


Pedro Sánchez, the prime minister of Spain, and Juanma Moreno, president of the Junta de Andalucía, have had a telephone conversation about the state of the fire in Sierra Bermeja, which has swept through several municipalities in Malaga province.

They have agreed to the deployment of the national Military Emergency Unit (UME) if the teams on the ground deem it necessary.

The Junta’s head told Sánchez that a forest firefighter had died in the battle against the fire, before Moreno spoke later with the relatives of the deceased 44-year-old, to convey his condolences.

Juanma Moreno will visit the fire’s Advanced Command Post this Friday afternoon, 10 September.

The blaze has so far destroyed some 3,600 hectares across the municipalities of Jubrique, Genalguacil, Estepona and Benahavís.

There are almost 300 Infoca specialist firefighters mobilised to quell the flames, supported by up to 30 aircraft including planes, helicopters and an extra four hydroplanes.