Spain has deployed the military to join the battle to put out a major wildfire which has now caused around 2,500 people to be evacuated.
The blaze in Malaga province has been raging for four days, destroying nearly 7,000 hectares of forest and leaving one firefighter dead.
Nearly 1,500 people from the towns of Jubrique, Genalguacil and four other villages were told to leave their homes on Sunday.
More than 1,000 had already been evacuated over the weekend from areas around the resort town of Estepona, which is popular among tourists and foreign expats.
An emergency brigade was sent from a military base in Moron, southern Spain, to join the more than 300 firefighters and 41 water-dropping aircraft trying to tackle the inferno.
Alejandro Garcia, deputy operational chief of Plan Infoca, the Andalusia region's agency in charge of firefighting efforts, said earlier this week that the combination of hot and dry temperatures with strong winds created a perfect storm which turned the fire into a 'hungry monster'.
He told reporters on Sunday: 'The potency and strength of this wildfire is unusual for the kind of blazes that we are used to seeing in this country.'
The firefighting agency released aerial pictures showing towering plumes of smoke emerging from rugged terrain, which it said made it difficult for crews to get close enough to try and extinguish the flames.
Authorities have said they are investigating arson as a possible cause.
Wildfires are common in southern Europe during the hot, dry summer months.
But there have been a particularly high number around the Mediterranean Sea this year, worsened by the intense August heat waves.
In Spain, over 75,000 hectares of forest and bush areas have burned in the first eight months of the year, according to Spain's Ministry of Ecological Transition.
Climate scientists say there is little doubt that climate change is driving more extreme events, such as heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods and storms.
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