Firefighters were hampered by the gusting wind in Gualchos. / PLAN INFOCA

Watch as 80 firefighters battle through the night to control the Gualchos forest fire

All the 50 evacuated residents have been allowed back to their homes after Infoca declared the blaze ‘controlled’ this Thursday morning

EUROPA PRESS

More than 80 firefighters from the Junta de Andalucía’s specialist Infoca forest fire brigade worked though the night to tackle the blaze in the town of Gualchos in Granada province.

The ground crews were hampered by the strong winds in the area, with gusts of up to 65 kilometres per hour, which prevented air support taking off.

The fire was declared ‘stabilised’ at around 5.30am this Thursday morning (8 December) and ‘controlled’ at 10.30am, according to Infoca on its social media accounts.

The Junta’s delegate in Granada, Pablo García, deactivated Level 1 of Infoca’s Emergency Plan for Forest Fires that was put in place on Wednesday afternoon after the blaze was reported by around 20 callers to the 112 emergency number. Level 1 is activated when there is a risk to people and property.

The emergency services evacuated some fifty residents in the upper area of the town on Wednesday, as a precautionary measure, and all have now been allowed back to their homes.

Motril firefighters, Guardia Civil, Local and National Police officers and Civil Protection volunteers also joined the Infoca specialists to manage the incident.