THE fire that threatened Javea and Denia took two days to stabilise and was totally extinguished after four.
Flames that took hold in Cabo de San Antonio in Javea at 4pm spread towards Denia almost immediately. Later that night, when almost under control the fire doubled back to Javea when the wind changed direction.
Approximately 444 hectares of the Montgo National Park were destroyed and 1,400 people temporarily evacuated from their homes, hotels and beaches in Denia.
When the fire veered once more towards Javea it ripped along gullies and resembled molted lava, witnesses said. Owing to the inaccessible and steep terrain the fire had to be controlled from the air. At its fiercest 12 aircraft – four helicopters, six air tractors and two Seal fire fighting planes – worked in relays to attack the flames with water and retardant.
The Montgo disaster could have been deliberate as the original fire appeared to start at three separate points, claims yet to be confirmed.