The Washington Post

‘A hungry monster’: Winds power wildfire


A major wildfire in southeast Spain prevailed over firefighti­ng efforts by 38 water-dropping aircraft Friday and tore through an area of hilly woodland in the Malaga province for a second day, with one official describing it as “a hungry monster.”

The Andalusia region’s agency in charge of firefighti­ng efforts, Infoca, ordered most crews working on the uneven terrain to withdraw late Friday, leaving the work to aircraft dropping water.

The wildfire has destroyed more than 9,000 acres of forest, prompting the evacuation of 1,000 people and leading to the death of a firefighte­r. Arson is suspected, officials said.

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