Over 40 hectares of mostly mountain brush and some fruit-tree land were destroyed by a fire within the municipality of Jete, according to unofficial calculations.
Between the 1st of January and the 15th of October fire damage claimed 126 hectares of land in the province of Granada; 40 of them was forest land and the rest mountain brush, according to the Provincial Environmental Department.
The fire broke out around 11.00h on the morning of the 29th in an area known as Los Cocales, which is just behind the Jete gasolinera, over the river. The first on the scene were villagers and they almost had the fire, which was in the first stages, under control but then the wind got up and it spread rapidly, explained the Mayor, Plácido Jerónimo, who added that he hadn’t seen a fire that bad since the Bodijar one in 2002.
A full quota from Infoca, aided by the Almuñécar fire service tackled the blaze but the meteorological conditions ruled out the use of aircraft. The fire was still winning at four in the afternoon, advancing up a barranco. It wasn’t until 19.00h that the fire was declared under control.
The Guardia Civil took a 63-year-old farmer in to make a statement as it appears that he had been burning cuttings and had left the bonfire believing it to be out. The man in question says that he feels “desolate” and that he would “never in his life want to cause such a fire.”
(News: Jete, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)