Saved by The Rain

Infoca declared the Sierra Bermeja fire under control and were proceeding to put it out at 06.45h on Tuesday - the overnight rain had tamed the fire.

AND Infoca Control HelicpterOne Infoca source said that the quantity of rain that fell was equivalent to dumping 2,000 fire-truck loads of water onto the blaze.

The rest of yesterday fire-fighting teams, and especially the helicopters, sought out the pockets of fire to deal with them. There was also the task of damping down hotspots so that they do not flare up again.

The sierra is devastated with 9,670 hectares consumed by the flames, but it would have been worse had the heatwave continued and the end-of-summer rains not appeared across the Iberian peninsular.

As for the 2,670, evacuated residents of Genalguacil, Jubrique, Faraján, Júzcar, Alpandeire and Pujerra, they have been allowed to return to their homes.

Later yesterday morning the roads that had been closed to traffic were reopened: MA-8302, la MA-8301 and the MA-8304.

Now, fire-investigation experts are working to find evidence that confirms it was a deliberate act that caused the blaze, leading to the loss of a man’s life, two people injured, a crashed helicopter and the gigantic cost of mounting the fire-fighting operation, not to mention the destruction of the flora and fauna on the Sierra Bermeja.

The facts that it started at different points almost simultaneously, at points of difficult access for fire fighters and as dusk was falling so that fire-fighting aircraft could not be deployed, all indicate that somebody deliberate torched the mountain.

(News: Sierra Bermeja, Malaga, Andalucia)

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