A fire destroyed three hectares of land belonging to an abandoned finca or
farm in Guardamar on 28 th July. It is thought to have started at around 8.30pm
in an area of palm trees bordering on the natural lake. Fire engines were
called out from Almoradí, Torrevieja and Guardamar in order to try and
prevent the fire from spreading to the parkland.
Altogether it is believed that 30,000 square metres of grassland, trees and
vegetation was destroyed in an area of agricultural land in Guardamar del
Segura. The fire stations of Torrevieja and Almoradí were alerted and
immediately sent out their engines. A special forest branch of the brigade was
deployed from Guardamar to quell the flames. The Guardamar branch is only
available during the summer months, specifically for this kind of incident.
After less than an hour and a half the blaze was brought under control
according to the information provided by the Consorcio Provincial de
Bomberos. The main concern of the fire service was that the fire did not
spread to the natural parks and lagunas of Torrevieja and La Mata. The risk
was reduced due to the type of vegetation that was alight.
Many palm trees were destroyed in the fire along with an abandoned house
and stables. The smoke generated from the fire could be seen from miles
away and was visible from the N332. The cause of the fire is not yet known
but there have been cases of arson in previous years in these areas.
The public are reminded about the need for care, particularly during the dry
summer months. One of our readers, John Hookings, from San Luis, became
aware of the fire on Friday evening when he spotted smoke in the sky. He
went to the area between the Lemon tree road and the lake and took these
pictures.