A wildfire in southern Spain which killed one British man has been tamed by firefighters and those who were forced to evacuate have been allowed to return home.

More than 400 firefighters and members of the military fought the flames overnight.

Eight helicopters and airplanes were deployed to help drench the flames after they came close to several small towns.

The threatened villages included Ojen, a village of white buildings perched on a mountainside where most of the evacuees came from.

Officials reopened the motorway beteween Marbella and Ojen this morning.

An Andalucian region spokeswoman said that evacuees have been allowed to return.

The fire broke out last Thursday in the hills above the tourist area of Marbella.

The flames raced south and west through tinder-dry hilly countryside, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures.

Officials claim it was the worst fire in memory in Malaga, a coastal province in Andalucia region.

Unusually dry weather in Spain has resulted in wildfires burning thousands of hectares of land this summer.

Temperatures have hit record highs in some regions.

Thousands of people were evacuated earlier this month in the Canary Islands.

Fires in the border area between France and Catalonia left four people dead in July.