The fire broke out last Friday afternoon. / PLAN INFOCA

Cómpeta forest fire finally extinguished, three days after it started

The fire scorched more than 22 hectares of land in the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama natural park

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A forest fire that broke out last Friday in the Sierras Tejeda natural park, has been declared ‘extinguished’ by Plan Infoca, the Junta’s specialist forest firefighting brigade.

Flames were first spotted at noon on Friday, next to the access lane to the Casa de la Mina and Pico del Cisne. Three days later, on Monday evening (6 December), the Cómpeta fire was declared fully out after being reported ‘controlled’ since Saturday.

It is estimated that the blaze has affected more than 22 hectares of forest land, within the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama natural park, in the municipality of Cómpeta.

At least two families were evacuated from their rural homes as a precaution due to the advance of the fire, whose column of smoke was visible from various points of the Axarquía coast.

At its height Infoca deployed more than 80 firefighters and three helicopters to tackle the flames. The Malaga Provincial Fire Brigade also sent crews from Nerja and Vélez-Málaga. Strong gusts of wind complicated the fire-fighting task, in addition to the steepness of the ground and the dryness of the area due to the lack of rain this year.