Sierra Bermeja Blaze Stabilised

Sierra Bermeja Blaze Stabilised.  Fire fighters have managed to stabilise the huge fire on the Costa Del Sol as evacuated residents are returning home.

Sierra Bermeja Blaze Stabilised

Sierra Bermeja Blaze Stabilised

This morning the Fire Fighting Director said that fire crews have managed to stabilise the blaze in the Sierra Bermeja area on the Costa Del Sol.  The fire is not yet “under control” though many of those who were forced to leave their homes have been allowed to return.  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.  Almost 1000 people are still involved in the battle to bring the blaze under control.  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.

Residents Able To Return

Several urbanisations in the Benahavis were evacuated.  Many of those have now been able to return to their homes.  The town Mayor José Antonio Mena said that around 3000 people were forced leave their homes.  As well as residents from Benahavis village people were also evacuated from Montemayor, the Marbella Club Golf and Benahavís Hills urbanisations, and from country homes in Júzcar and Pujerra.

Costa Del Sol Fire

The fire viewed from the El Madronal Area this morning. Photo by Elena Brennan.

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

Published: 10.06.2022

Written by Dave James

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