By Cathy Elelman • 23 June 2020 • 11:50
TIRELESS WORK: Some 150 firefighters worked throughout Sunday night to put out the flames.
CREDIT: Jose Maria Gonzalez Fernandez Facebook
ANDALUCIA’S first big wildfire of the season has left 180 hectares of the Costa Almeria’s Sierra Cabrera mountains scorched, but there are no reports that anyone was hurt or that property was damaged.
The fire broke out early Sunday afternoon. Initial reports said it started in the Llanos de Anton zone of Carboneras, but later reports said the origin was in El Moro in Mojacar.
By the evening the fire had raced through easily burning terrain to Mojacar and on towards Turre, and five planes and seven helicopters were battling to put out the flames alongside teams of forest firefighters.
The steep terrain made it impossible to get fire engines near to the flames
Some 150 firefighters worked tirelessly throughout the night to stop the “difficult to fight” blaze advancing further, helicopters and planes rejoining the efforts when the light came up.
By midday Monday the Andalucia Infoca wildfire prevention service was reporting the wildfire was under control.
Firefighting teams remained working on ensuring the fire was fully extinguished on Tuesday morning
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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