ABOUT 40,000 square meters of pine forest were scorched by a fire that originated in the Sierra Escalona nature park in the municipality of Pilar de la Horadada.
At about 4am a local police patrol doing his rounds in Urbanization Pinar de Campoverde sounded the alarm after he saw the flames coming from the area of Pic Alcor in the private estate of Mojon.
Due to wind, by 6am the fire had ravaged the nature park and Dehesa de Campoamor as well as a protected area for birds. Fire brigade, a helicopter and two airplanes managed to douse the flames by 10am. A scorched car without license plates was found and is being investigated.