31/08/2012 11:24 BST | Updated 31/08/2012 14:03 BST

Spain Wildfire: Thousands Evacuated From Resort Of Marbella

One man has died and thousands have been evacuated from homes and holiday sites as a massive wildfire approaches the Spanish resort of Marbella.

Around 300 British expats are among those being moved, according to the Foreign Office.

Spain's countryside has been left bone dry after a summer heatwave leaving it particularly susceptible to fires.

The fire spread eight miles overnight

The blaze started on Thursday near Malaga and, fanned by strong winds, spread eight miles along the coast overnight.

More than 250 Firefighters and 17 planes have battled in vain to control the flames.

Planes have been used in an attempt to douse the flames

Angel Nozal, the mayor of Mijas, told El País: "The fire is horrific, with flames 10 to 15 metres high."

The only death so far occurred near the small town of Ojen where the body of an elderly man was found. He had apparently returned to his property after being evacuated.