Forest fires that broke out today in Girona, a tourist spot bordering with France in Spain's northern Catalonia region, have killed three people and were still out of control in the late evening, local media said.

The area is home to one of the most popular beach destinations in Spain, the Costa Brava.

Strong winds hindered firefighters' efforts and spread two fires over 9,000 hectares.

The Interior Minister of Catalonia, Felip Puig, was quoted in Spanish media as confirming the deaths.

A man and his 15-year-old daughter were killed after jumping off a cliff to escape the flames, while a third person died of a heart attack.

El Pais newspaper said 19 people had been injured.

About 80km of roads have been cut off in the area, a big artery for holidaymakers making their way to and from southern France in the coastal province.

Residents were told to stay at home, while the winds were pushing the fires towards Figueres, a town of around 50,000 people.