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Summer storm causes fires in Benahavís, Alozaina and Casarabonela

Helicopters drop water on the fire in Benahavís.
Helicopters drop water on the fire in Benahavís. / JOSELE-LANZA
  • Difficult access to the rugged terrain delayed the firefighting operation in Benahavís

The summer storm that crossed the province of Malaga on Sunday is thought to have been behind three forest fires that broke out in Benahavís, Alozaina and Casarabonela.

The storm brought little rain but came charged with electricity, with lightning striking in several areas.

The Benahavís blaze, in the Sierra Palmitera, just behind La Zagaleta, was first reported at 12.45pm. As many as 53 firefighters were brought in to tackle the flames, although the difficult terrain meant that the first deployment on the ground took an hour to reach the fire.

The Infoca forest fire unit and Benahavís town hall stated that at no point did the fire threaten inhabited areas.

Five helicopters were aiding the firefighting operation at one point on Sunday.

The firefighting operation was complicated as blaze broke out in Alozaina and Casarabonela at around the same time. Both of these fires however were extinguished by 7pm.

Meanwhile the Benahavís blaze was described as "stabilised" at 10pm on Sunday night.