UPDATE: Plan Infoca declares the Competa forest fire ‘stabilised’

Plan Infoca declares another forest fire in Axarquia municipality of Competa

Image of the fire that has broken out in the Axarquia region of Competa. Credit: Twitter@Plan_INFOCA

The forest fire that broke out in the Axarquia region of Competa has been declared ‘stabilised’ by Plan Infoca.

UPDATE: Monday, July 18 at 9:17

Plan Infoca has tweeted this evening on its official profile that the forest fire in the Axarquia region of Competa has now been ‘stabilised’. As can be seen in the video below, the use of aerial means to combat the blaze has proved successful. 

Although declared ‘stabilised’ that does not mean that the fire has been extinguished. It can still be active but the firefighters have prevented its spread. 

Monday, July 18 at 7:52pm

Plan Infoca has declared another forest fire that broke out this afternoon, Monday, July 18, in the Axarquia municipality of Competa. The blaze was reported on the body’s official Twitter profile at around 7pm. Flames are already burning very close to residential areas located to the north of the town, as can be seen in the video below, courtesy of Plan Infoca.

There are currently three aerial means deployed to tackle the outbreak, including a Super Puma helicopter, a Kamov helicopter, and a medium-heavy helicopter, according to Plan Infoca. On the ground, 25 specialised forest firefighters have been mobilised to the area, along with two operations technicians and an environmental officer.

This is the second such fire to affect Malaga province after another huge fire that destroyed large areas of the Costa Del Sol municipalities of Mijas, Alhaurin de la Torre, and Alhaurin el Grande over the weekend. The fire has since been declared stabilised by Plan Infoca but is not yet under control.

Residents of the affected areas were finally allowed home again on Sunday, July 17, after being evacuated as a precautionary measure.


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