An enormous fire has destroyed homes and woodland, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from towns close to Benidorm in the Alicante province of Spain.
The area which is popular with tourists has been evacuated, with people moved to nearby schools, restaurants and hostels.
The fire took hold in a wooded area outside Benitatxell in Alicante on Sunday September 4.
We have a family apartment in #Javea... Stay safe people ❤️— Luis Elkes (@luiselkes) September 4, 2016
Police have been investigating the cause of the fire, which has been described as suspicious, as the authorities suspect a possible arson attack.
— Olivia Kinsley (@LivKinsleyTV) September 5, 2016
The emergency services were forced to bring in soldiers to help tackle the blaze which started around 4pm in Mirador Cumbres del Sol.
A second fire then broke out near the town of Javea, affecting the national park of La Granadella, an area of ecological importance.
A third fire then erupted at Playa del Arenal around 8.30pm.
— Sergio Ibeid 💯 (@karvaio) September 4, 2016
Water-carrying aeroplanes and helicopters were brought in to help calm the blaze but were unable to continue working after 9pm due to the lack of light, returning at dawn.
Roads have been closed as emergency services continue to try to get the fires under control.
It is not yet clear if anyone has been injured.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark was holidaying in the affected region when the fires began, he tweeted:
Away for a week in Javea in Spain. Whole place covered in smoke. Forest fires nearby. We're safe but hope everyone else in the area is— Chris Stark (@Chris_Stark) September 4, 2016
This is crazy. I think my car and maybe my apartment is on fire. I hope everyone in Javea is ok pic.twitter.com/gbYjTEZuj0— Chris Stark (@Chris_Stark) September 4, 2016
We are safe. Thanks for everyone with kind offers of places to stay. Really hope everyone else in Javea is ok. The fires were scary— Chris Stark (@Chris_Stark) September 5, 2016
Others also took to Twitter to show pictures and updates of the mammoth fires
Reports thousands of people have been forced to flee a huge forest fire in Javea, some 30 miles near Benidorm, Spain pic.twitter.com/Vpmev9Lf1D— Zora Suleman (@ZoraSuleman) September 5, 2016
Local business owners are doing all they can to help
WE ARE OPENING OUR DOORS TO ANYONE NEEDING INTERNET ACCESS TO CONTACT FAMILY MEMBERS DUE TO THE FIRES FROM LAST NIGHT, FREE OF CHARGE.— Javea Business Hub (@JaveaBizHub) September 5, 2016