BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Spain wildfires still rage BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Wildfires rage in southern Europe Thousands of firefighters are battling to bring under control summer wildfires that are spreading across parts of southern Europe. At least eight people have died in fires that have struck Spain, France, Greece and the Italian island of Sardinia in the past few days. Spain has been hardest hit, with at least seven big fires in the south and east. Several are now rated as stable. Strong winds have fanned the flames during the hot dry weather. A European Union monitoring agency has warned that the risk of fire along the Mediterranean coastline remains high with soaring temperatures predicted for the coming days. Spain's interior ministry has put the country on maximum wildfire alert and is urging citizens to avoid starting fires in the current intense heat. About 1,500 people - including many British expatriates and holidaymakers - were evacuated from the Mojacar region of south-east Spain as flames threatened the area. "It's like a horror film round here," said Benjamin Jackson, a 23-year-old British expat. "As far as you can see basically everything has burned down."