Forest Fire Not Yet Under Control

Forest Fire Not Yet Under Control.  The fierce forest fire which has been raging on the Costa Del Sol since Wednesday is stabilised but not yet controlled.

Forest Fire Not Yet Under Control

Forest Fire Not Yet Under Control

The forest fire which has been raging in the Pujerra and Benahavis areas of the Costa Del Sol is still not under control.  Emergency services were able to stabilise the blaze on Friday morning, but strong winds of 40 km/h and low humidity have hampered efforts to bring it under control.

150 Fire Fighters On The Ground

At it’s most severe point on Thursday afternoon the fire was advancing at a rate of 30 metres per minute and almost 1000 people were involved in the fight to stabilise the blaze. There are still 150 specialist fire fighters working on the ground along with air support trying to bring the fire under control today.  Spokeperson Carmen Crespo says that “there is still work to be done to control and extinguish this fire”.  

Benahavis Fire June

150 Fire fighters are still working to bring the blaze under control.

Residents Return To Their Homes

Many of those who were forced to leave their homes on Thursday were allowed to return on Friday afternoon.  Director Juan Sanchez explained  “We are going to continue working on a perimeter that in principle is no longer advancing and that does not pose a danger to the population , therefore we are taking a weight off our shoulders and also freeing up troops for the surgical work that we have to do in the mountains.”

The fire broke out at 5.30pm on Wednesday and spread rapidly.  More than 3500 hectares (35 square kilometres) of land have been consumed by the fire.  The fire is burning in the Pujerra area to the south of Ronda and the Benahavis area to the north of Puerto Banus.

Benahavis Fire June 2022 Deer

Emergency workers have been helping local wildife to escape the fire on the Costa Del Sol.

The first major fire of 2022 is bringing back memories of the Sierra Bermeja blaze last summer which decimated a huge area.

Published: 13.06.2022

Written by Dave James

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