Nearly 800 forced to evacuate amid massive wildfire around Spanish resort town (VIDEOS)

A massive wildfire has broken out in the vicinity of the southern Spanish town of Estepona. The blaze has prompted evacuation of some 800 people and caused traffic disruption, with several roads closed.

The fire began in the forested mountainous area around the town, known as the Sierra Bermeja, late on Wednesday, continuing to spread throughout Thursday. The blaze has already ripped through some 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of woods, according to the emergency services.

The blaze prompted a massive emergency services response, with some 200 firefighters, backed up by fire helicopters and other machinery, dispatched to battle the flames.

Despite the effort, the fire has still not been contained, with open flames visible in the mountains, footage circulating online shows.

Strong winds fanned the flames which approached the outskirts of the village of Las Abejeras. The village is among four communities outside Estepona evacuated so far, with a total of 779 people moved out, according to local authorities.

The flames have also prompted the closure of several roads, including parts of the major AP-7 highway that stretches along Spain’s Mediterranean coast.

Spain has been heavily battered by wildfires this year, with some 74,260 hectares (183,500 acres) of land burned, according to official figures. Abnormally hot weather and strong winds have contributed to the blazes, which plagued the whole Mediterranean region, with multiple countries, including Greece, Turkey and Lebanon, getting heavily hit by the wildfires.

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