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'A Hungry Monster': Strong Winds Power Wildfire in Spain

Residents look at smoke columns rising from a wildfire in Sierra Bermeja mountain range in Benahavis, Malaga province, on Sept. 9.

Residents look at smoke columns rising from a wildfire in Sierra Bermeja mountain range in Benahavis, Malaga province, on Sept. 9.

Photographer: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
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Madrid (AP) -- A major wildfire in southeast Spain prevailed over firefighting efforts by 38 water-dropping aircraft on Friday and tore through an area of hilly woodland 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 on Friday, leaving the work to aircraft dropping water.