A UME military ambulance arrives in Algatocín on Sunday. / SALVADOR SALAS

Injured Infoca firefighter airlifted to hospital while tackling the Sierra Bermeja fire

The blaze has already claimed the life of a 44-year-old forest firefighter, Carlos Martínez Haro, when he became trapped by flames last Thursday

Two forest firefighters from the specialist Infoca brigade have been injured while working to extinguish the Sierra Bermeja fire, which is now entering its fifth day and has resulted in residents of six villages still being prevented from returning their homes.

The unrelated accidents happened on Sunday afternoon, in the "extremely difficult" conditions as the fire advanced - which has doubled its perimeter in 24 hours from 42 to 85 hectares. In both cases, the injuries were the result of the steepness and instability of the terrain.

One of the Infoca firefighters, who suffered a back injury had to be air-lifted to hospital, by a helicopter from the Guardia Civil’s mountain rescue team. He is reported to be recovering favourably.

The other worker suffered a minor leg injury, although he was taken to hospital for examination.

These two accidents, follow the death of the 44-year-old forest firefighter Carlos Martínez Haro, from Almeria, last Thursday, who died after being while trying to slow the advance of the blaze.