The fire broke out this Wednesday afternoon / SUR

Firefighters bring Cómpeta wildfire under control

A 60-year-old resident of Canillas de Albaida, who was burning the remains of olive prunings on a nearby farm, has handed himself in to the Guardia Civil as the alleged fire starter

Isabel Méndez
ISABEL MÉNDEZ Málaga

Firefighters have controlled the wildfire that broke out in the Colmenillas area of Cómpeta. The alarm was raised on Wednesday afternoon, 16 February, as reported by Andalucía’s specialist forest firefighting brigade, Plan Infoca, through its Twitter account.

Forty-five firefighters, three fire engines, three extinction helicopters (KA-40 and MA-40) and other specialists were deployed to tackle the blaze.

At one point, some twenty people were evacuated from five homes on a nearby residential development as a precautionary measure.

At around 8pm on Wednesday evening the wildfire was declared 'stabilised' by Infoca, as crews continued working to control and extinguish the blaze. This Thursday, at 12 noon, the fire was reported to be 'controlled'.

Apparently, a 60-year-old resident of Canillas de Albaida, who was burning the remains of olive prunings on a nearby farm, has handed himself in to the Guardia Civil as the alleged perpetrator of the origin of the fire.

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