New Year wildfire in Mijas

The New Year started with a stark reminder of the dangers of wildfires, even in winter.

The blaze broke out in the Mijas area of the coast on New Year’s Eve. Due to the unseasonably dry conditions, with one of the warmest and driest autumn and winters in years, the fire spread quickly overnight. Two teams of firefighters and two fire engines were rushed to the scene. As helicopters and firefighting aeroplanes are unable to operate at night, the teams battled the blaze through the night.

The fire was brought under control the next day, with firefighters from Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Marbella attending. In total, 9 hectares of land were lost, as an investigation to the cause of the blaze began. With such dry conditions, perhaps the use of fireworks on New Year’s Eve (which were banned in Torremolinos), should be reconsidered.

As 2024 begins, the coast will hopefully see the arrival of some much needed rains, for both the extremely low reservoirs and the dangerously dry countryside.

See also

Wildfire near San Pedro Poligono

Fallen Firefighter Honoured

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