Less than a dozen days ago, two local schools had to be evacuated because of a similar fire amongst nearby wild-growing sugar cane.
This time, the fire was only 50 metres from the gasoline station on Avenida del Mediterráneo, which caused some consternation thanks to the gusting wind.
The fire broke out around 11.00h in the area known as El Sotillo, just behind the gasoline station and was quickly reported to the Motril fire service by a passerby.
Despite the scarcity of vegetation, the gusting wind provoked alarmingly high flames and dense smoke. The Motril fire service, backed by the Salobreña-based detachment and Infoca tackled the blaze, managing to have it under control and subsequently extinguished within two hours.
The Councillor for Citizen Safety, Sra. Callejón, said that there is a strong suggestion of intentionality involved, precisely because of a similar fire recently.
Finally, although we are grateful for the photograph provided by the Salobreña municipal press office, it inevitably came with two politicians completely blocking the only flames visible in the photograph…
(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)