Officials say that the wildfires in southern Spain have stabilized

MADRID -- Spain is bracing for record temperatures this weekend.

Officials say that the wildfires in southern Spain have stabilized

MADRID -- Spain is bracing for record temperatures this weekend. Officials said Friday that a wildfire in south Spain, which forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people, was under control and stabilized.

Since Wednesday, the fire that erupted west of Marbella, a coastal resort town, has destroyed 2,150 hectares (5,000 acre) of mountain terrain. According to authorities, firefighters worked hard over the night and there was a better chance of the fire being contained.

Carmen Crespo, Agriculture, Fishing and Sustainable Development Councilor at the Andalusian Regional Government, stated that "the work during the night was effective." "The fire is not under control, but it isn't advancing."

Crespo stated that authorities are lowering the emergency level and that those who have been evacuated can return home.

She stated that 250 people are now fighting the fire instead of 1,000 when it was at its peak. She stated that the Emergency Military Unit of Spain, which had sent 233 people and more than 80 vehicles to help in fighting the fire, was no longer required.

The good news is that Spain's AEMET weather agency said temperatures could soar to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country, especially the south, over the coming days.

Three firefighters were injured by the blaze that broke out on Wednesday.

The same area was hit by Spain's worst wildfire in 2013. The fire raged for 46 days, consuming nearly 10,000 hectares (24,000 acres). One firefighter died.

Scientists believe that global warming is increasing the frequency of extreme storms and wildfires.

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