The Spanish interior ministry placed the country on maximum wildfire alert on Friday as eight large fires continued to rage in the east of the country.

Hot spots

Around 1,500 people were evacuated from the Mediterranean coastal resort town of Mojacar as flames spread, fanned by dry winds amid intense summer heat.

By noon on Friday, the perimeter of the fire threatening the seaside town popular with surfers had been secured and fire units were concentrating on extinguishing hot spots within, the forestry commission said

The driver of a firefighters' lorry was killed on Thursday after his vehicle fell into a ravine as it attempted to avoid flames.

More than 17,000 hectares has been swept by wildfires since the beginning of the week in Spain.

The blaze at Horta de Sant Joan was brought under control earlier on Friday.