Forest fires extinguished

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Forest Fire
Photo Credit: U3A

MARINA ALTA once again found itself faced with a potential fire disaster.

Fire broke out between Teulada and Benissa in areas that are very difficult to access for members of the emergency services, and has burned 3.5 hectares of scrubland. The main area affected was a quarry close to the Camí Pontet and is regarded as a zone of great environmental and value.

Five air units comprising three helicopters and two aircraft were backed up by three forest brigades on foot and other personnel from nearby Benissa and Denia.

The helicopters dropped a number of the firefighters closer to the seat of the fire as it was adjacent to a ridge that is impossible to reach under normal circumstances.

Overall, it took over five hours to bring the blaze under complete control which was helped by a combination of quick and effective work by the emergency services and no wind in the area.  Authorities said that they weren’t aware of anyone needed to be evacuated not were any injuries reported.

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