1,400 evacuated as forest fires rage in Alicante

Thousands in the towns of Dénia and Xàbia, both in the eastern Spanish province of Alicante, have been forced to flee from their homes to escape the path of an inferno as it moves across the area.

1,400 evacuated as forest fires rage in Alicante
Scenes such as this one from a 2012 blaze in Alicante have been repeated as emergency services battle to save lives. Photo: INMA CASTILLO / AFP

The Government and Justice councillor for the surrounding Valencia region, Luis Santamaria, stated on Thursday after meeting with firefighters and security forces that at least 1,400 people had been moved due to the fire.

Due to the intensity of the blaze, the cause of which is still unknown, it is impossible to predict when those affected will be allowed to return to their homes.

According to Spanish daily 20 Minutos, seven brigades of emergency services are tackling the blaze, a total of 93 firefighters using 23 vehicles, assisted by 4 regional police patrols.

Denia's Red Cross had to rescue 25 swimmers by boat and jetski from a local cove where they had become trapped.

Helicopters began dropping water to control the blaze early on Friday morning.

News services and local residents tweeted images of the fire as it developed.  

The fire and the sea just two steps apart and nothing can be done.

Goosebumps with each image from the fire. Our hearts go out to the over 1,200 evacuated in Xàbia and Dènia.

Update: The fire reaches Xàbia port.

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