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Title: Forest fire destroys 200 hectares in San Roque
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The fire is now stabilised and residents of two urbanisations which were evacuated as a precaution have returned home Two urbanisations were...

The fire is now stabilised and residents of two urbanisations which were evacuated as a precaution have returned home

Two urbanisations were evacuated as a precaution on Wednesday night after a forest fire broke out in the Sierra Carbonera, San Roque, destroying 200 hectares of land before it was stabilised on Thursday.

Fire fighters were at the scene fighting the blaze throughout the night, and were joined by air support at first light on Thursday. Eleven Infoca specialist teams were brought in from Cádiz, Huelva and Málaga, plus two support brigades from Sevilla and Málaga, local firemen, the National Police and the Civil Guard. Europa Press reports that the operation involved more than 100 personnel.

Infoca announced that the fire was stabilised at 2.30pm on Thursday. Residents of the Vista Hermosa and the Santa Margarita urbanisations had been allowed to return to their homes earlier in the day.

The Junta de Andalucía’s environment chief, José Juan Díaz Trillo, said evidence appears to indicate that the blaze was started intentionally.

There was another fire in the area on Sunday, in the Sierra del Arca, which it’s now known was started by arson.

 

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