Torrox & Alpujarra Wildfires

Sunday, March 17, 2019
By Hugh MacArthur

AXA Torrox Wildfire 03:19A hill fire broke out yesterday within the municipality of Torrox in the area known as Tajo de la Zorra.

The fire burnt out some six hectares of land containing mainly olive and almond trees and to a lesser degree, subtropical fruit trees. The fire also affected several dwellings and the owners were temporarily evacuated. In fact, one wooden cabin was completed destroyed by flames.

As in most cases where such fires are not the work of pyromaniacs, it appears to have been caused through carelessness when burning cut branches.

The Policía Local were the first on the scene, which as mentioned above is an area about three kilometres from the urban area of Torrox, near the old dump, on the Cómpeta road.

The fire was declared stabilised just after six in the evening. During the day a helicopter was used to water bomb the flames, backing up the efforts of 19 firefighters and a fire truck. Those on the ground were further reinforced by crews from the Vélez-Málaga and Nerja fire departments

But the Torrox fire was not the only one yesterday because Infoca crews were also busy tackling a fire in the Alpujarra requiring 50 fire fighters and two fire trucks to bring under control.

The unusually dry winter has brought the fire season forward several months – we can only hope for plenty of rain during what is left of winter and this coming spring.

(News: Torrox, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)

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