Fire fighters tackle three simultaneous wildfires

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INFOCA fire fighters worked tirelessly to tackle three forest fires that broke out simultaneously across Malaga province last Sunday.

The government fire service has announced that the infernos in Alozaina, Casarabonela and the Sierra de Benahavis were caused by electrical sources. The Benahavis blaze was considered the worst, and burned for over 10 hours before it was brought under control.

Emergency services received reports at approximately 12.55pm. A total of 16 fire-fighters, alongside an environmental representative and a helicopter were first to attend the blaze. However due to the presence of high winds the wildfire advanced rapidly and emergency services were unable to approach it.

When the other two fires were extinguished, Infoca provided reinforcements to the crew tackling the mountain blaze. A team of 53 forest fire fighters, three fire engines and five helicopters stabilised the fire by 10:30pm.

“Three fires were unleashed at the same time, and the last one in Benahavis was larger and subsequently took more time to control,” Mayor of Benahavis Jose Castilla explained.

“We were waiting to receive support from the seaplane units, but unfortunately they were already in operation working on the fire in Huelva.”

Both Infoca and Benahavis council have confirmed that the wildfire did not affect residents in the area.

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