Infoca managed to have the Loma de Gato fire under control and virtually extinguish by 16.30h yesterday afternoon.
Several cortijos had to be evacuated with people jumping into their cars to escape the advancing flames. One property lost a caravan they had parked on their land, as well as a workshop and store shed.
Fortunately nobody was hurt thanks to the 60 fire fighters and pilots of the helicopters and fixed-wing, water bombers, flying out of the Resigners Infoca base near Jayena.
The fire was a major distraction for drivers on the A-7 which passes just under the lowest point of the fire, where there is a bridge.
First calculations put the damaged area at around 30 hectares. (See photo above).
The provincial delegate for the Junta de Andalucia, María José Martín, said that the six families would be able to return to their properties “soon” but not before tomorrow morning at the earliest, probably, just in case the fire revives during the night.
The access lanes to the Loma del Gato were closed by the Guardia Civil.
Finally, the Mayor of Ítrabo, Antonio Jesus Carrascosa, was not surprised by how much hillside the fire consumed given the extreme dryness of the campo, which in itself is unusual, given the time of year that we find ourselves.
(News: Almuñécar/Ítrabo, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)