Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Villagers flee Majorca wildfire

A wildfire is raging out of control on Majorca

A wildfire is raging out of control on the holiday island of Majorca.

Local officials say some 700 residents had to be evacuated early today from the village of Estallencs as fires fanned by winds spread eastward along wooded hills.

The fire started on 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 tackling the flames.

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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