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Wildfire grips Spain

Published 1645 GMT (0045 HKT) August 31, 2012
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Firefighters try to extinguish wildfires in Ojen, near the town of Malaga, on August 31, 2012. More than 250 firefighters on the ground, backed by eight planes and nine helicopters in the air, battled the blaze after hot, dry winds sent it racing through tinder-dry forest in southern Spain. AFP/Getty Images
A fire brigade helicopter prepares to pour water to extinguish a wildfire in the village of Ojen on August 31, 2012. Some 4,000 people have been evacuated from the area with an additional 2,000 evacuated from the eastern part of Marbella. AFP/Getty Images
A firefighter walks on the site of a wildfire in Ojen on August 31, 2012. AFP/Getty Images
A fire brigade plane pours water to extinguish a wildfire in Ojen on August 31, 2012. AFP/Getty Images
Members of a wildfire brigade try to extinguish a fire in Bedar, a town in the Almeria region of Spain on August 26, 2012. Wildfire has since spread further down the Spanish coast towards Marbella. AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Robledo de Chavela, 60kms west of Madrid, on August 28, 2012. Some 2,000 people who were evacuated due to raging wildfires in the west of Madrid were allowed to return to their homes three days later. AFP/Getty Images