THE MAYOR of Guardamar del Segura has quickly blamed the fire that devastated a large part of the municipality’s pine forest on an arsonist.
José Luis Sáez condemned the deliberate attack that took place late on Monday afternoon and destroyed an estimated 10,600 square metres of woodland and scrubland located in the sand dunes and pine forests.
Fire fighters from a number of local brigades based in Orihuela, Torrevieja and Almoradí fought the blaze and were helped by a number of helicopters and aircraft and specialist forestry teams from Alicante who was able to contain the fire. High winds at the time hindered the efforts of the emergency services as flames swept through the area.
Even though the fire was brought under control within four hours, members of the Guardia Civil, local police and fire brigade stayed on the site overnight to continue to make the area secure and to monitor any possible reigniting from stray embers. The area was declared completely safe just before 10am on Tuesday morning.
This incident is the latest in string of fires in Guardamar del Segura that are all believed to be the work of a local pyromaniac.
The Guardamar incident wasn’t the only one in the area on Monday. Further inland on the road from Dolores to Catral, 6,000 metres of land was destroyed.