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Map: This is the area affected by the Alhaurín el Grande fire

The forest fire entered an area heavily populated with ​​pine trees and with a dense layer of scrub in the undergrowth

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The forest fire that started at noon on Friday, 15 July in the Higuerón area, in the municipality of Mijas, advanced at a great speed.

The voracity of the flames was explained mainly by the mass of vegetation that has fuelled the fire. The area is characterised by being heavily populated with pine trees and the pine cones can explode like grenades, explained Plan Infoca, the Junta de Andalucía’s specialist forest fire brigade.

Updated: 7pm, Sunday 17 July 2022. / DATA: COPERNICUS