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Wildfire rages out of control in Spain's Mallorca

A plane fro mthe fire brigade flies past smoke billowing from the mountains, near the village of Estellencs, on the island of Mallorca during a wildfire on July 28, 2013. About 700 hundred people were evacuated from the village of Estellencs. AFP PHOTO/ JAIME REINA

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 Sunday morning from the village of Estallencs as fires fanned by winds spread eastward along wooded hills.

The fire started Friday just east of the leisure port of Andratx and began to more 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.

 

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