Wildfire rages out of control in Spain's Balearic island of Mallorca, threatening village

  • Updated: July 28, 2013 - 11:25 AM

MADRID — The regional government of Spain's Balearic Islands says a wildfire is raging out of control in Mallorca, the popular Mediterranean tourist destination.

A statement says some 700 residents were evacuated early Sunday morning from the village of Estallencs as fires fanned by winds spread eastward along wooded hills.

The fire started Friday just east of the port of Andratx and began to move along the island's northern forested parkland. Some 360 firefighters and 26 water-carrying aircraft are combatting the flames, the government says.

The hills to the north of Mallorca, known as the Sierra de Tramontana, are of great natural beauty and many wealthy people, such as Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, are known to have acquired villas along its coastline.

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