Monday, September 12, 2011

Forest fire burns out of control in Spanish town 'Mijas, Andalusia' Spain, Over 200 Evacuated - 12th Sept 2011

A campo fire has resulted in the evacuation of 100 homes and a drug dependency centre in Mijas overnight.

The fire started about 8,30pm on Sunday night in the area of the municipality known as Entrerríos. Overnight the area affected has extended with the fire being described as being particularly virulent. About 200 local residents have now been advised to leave their homes, according to Cadena Ser radio, and the fire is now crossing into the areas of the municipalities of Ojén and Marbella. The urbanisations La Mairena and La Bugancilla have both been evacuated. The blaze can be seen clearly from the A-7 motorway.

The 112 emergency number received a large number of calls from local residents on Sunday night, and the INFOCA fire-fighting plan was quickly put into effect, which gives access to fire-fighters from across Andalucía.

Local and regional police and the Guardia Civil are on alert as the fire service tries to bring the blaze under control. High winds of 40km/h are complicating the fire-fighting effort.

Two fronts are currently under attack from the firefighters, to the south close to Marbella and in the north towards Ojen.
First indications are the fire was started deliberately, with several different flash points reportedly found in Mijas. Source