FOR the fourth time in ten days, a suspected pyromaniac has set fire to another area of the pine forest alongside the beach of Guardamar del Segura.
Many locals were alerted to what has become the regular sound of specialised fire-fighting aircraft and helicopters passing overhead around 5.30pm on Tuesday afternoon as they attempted to fight the latest blaze. It was declared extinguished and under control less than one hour later.
The location of the fire was between the mouth of the River Segura and the line of beach houses behind the Playa Babilonia, the almost exact same location as the previous three suspected arson attempts that began on September 24. All the initial indications are that it is the same person responsible for all the fires and is being sought by local police.
Fire-fighters were called to the scene from Torrevieja and Almoradí to support the attacks from the air and prevent the flames from spreading even further throughout the forest. The extent of the latest incident is not known but believed not to exceed 5,000m2.
The four fires have now devastated an estimated total of two hectares that includes hundreds of pine trees of all different sizes, and are continuing to be of great concern to the people of Guardamar who are proud of their iconic pine forest first planted on more than 700 hectares of the sand dunes more than a century ago.