Alpujarra Forest Fire

Monday, January 14, 2019
By Hugh MacArthur

ALP Forest Fire InfocaThere was a mountain fire in the Panderón de Mecina area of the Alpujarras which consumed around 18,000 sq/m of woodland. Within the affected area are some chestnuts trees over 100-years old.

The fire was reported around 12.40h on Saturday, starting on farmed land. It appears that the fire was fruit of a farmer burning branches that got out of hand.

The Cádiar fire service was already busy tackling a small fire in Órgiva (near the petrol station, below the bridge) when they received the call out for this Mecina Bombarón one. First, though, they had to return to Cádiar for the 4×4 fire engine for of-road tasks.

Two Infoca units, who joined the operation, and two fire engines were used and after four hours of tackling the fire they managed to bring it under control and put it out, thus stopping it from reaching an oak forest.

(News: Mecina Bombarón, Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia)

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