A wild fire in Mijas which started on Sunday, has now become the worst wildfire Malaga has seen this year.
Approximately 100 hectares of vegetation have so far been destroyed by the fire although some estimates go as high as 200 hectares. The fire which is still burning out of control has led to over 300 people being evacuated from their homes and parts of the AP-7 motorway, which passes Mijas, have been cut off for safety reasons.
The Town hall has suggested, but not confirmed, that the fire could have been started deliberately.
The fire was first noticed on Sunday evening, around 20.30, in an area known as ‘Fuente de la Teja’. Fire fighters were sent immediately to the affected area but despite the rapid response the fire spread quickly to other areas helped by strong winds. Local people were evacuated from their homes as a precautionary measure.
Efforts to extinguish the fire have included help from fire fighters from Fuengirola, Coín, Vélez, Torremolinos, Marbella and Alhaurín and fire engines from Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada and Sevilla have been sent to the area. This morning it is expected that planes will be used to drop water on areas affected by the fire which cannot be reached by fire fighters on the ground.
It was hoped that the fire would be under control by Monday morning but strong winds during the early hours have reactivated the fire which is now it is heading towards Calahonda, in Mijas, and Las Chapas, in Marbella.