Investigated over Costa Fire

A 37-year-old man is  under investigation as a suspect for the fire caused in Polopos earlier this month. He is likely to face a charge of gross negligence.

Archive: Polopos Fire 08/2020

Archive: Polopos Fire 08/2020

The fire broke out on the 10th of March in an area of the municipality of Polopos known as the Barranco Cástaras de Haza del Trigo, consuming around a hectar of mountain shrub.

The environmental department of the Guardia Civil, Seprona, which were tasked with the investigation, traced the point of ignition; exactly where it started, to a piece of land where the owner had built a bonfire to burn cuttings from a fig tree.

The gusting wind at the time spread sparks and embers to nearby mountain shrub which quickly ignited and spread across the open land rapidly. The farmer tried in vain to stop it spreading.

As the farmer had not taken the necessary precautions before lighting a fire (not to mention lighting one in strong, gusting winds) he is liable to face a hefty fine, as well as damages and the cost of mobilising fire-fighting personnel and aircraft to put it out.

(News: Polopos, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

  1 comment for “Investigated over Costa Fire

  1. Patrick Barry Storey
    March 17, 2023 at 5:47 pm

    AHH spring. You always know. Get up at 0830. Go out with an OJ and enjoy the views over the Salobrena area . Out to the sea. That is if you can see through the plumes of burning farmers cuttings.
    Never mind. I’m sure they know what they are doing.
    Just ashame about the air pollutants.

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