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Fires cause evacuation of at least 2,500 people in Costa Blanca

WILDFIRES in the areas of Lluxtent have seen the evacuation of at least 2,500 people from the surrounding area including the population of Pinet.

The height and speed of the flames caught many by surprise and in one urbanisation, 120 people (many of whom were elderly) had to flee with very few possessions other than the clothes they were wearing.

The strong wind which changes direction has made it very difficult for the more than 600 firefighters, and 25 aircraft including helicopters to keep the fires under control and now parts of Gandia have been evacuated although the council is worried that not everyone who has been asked to leave by the authorities has done so.

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