Wildfire burning near Sotogrande may be arson

Junta de Andalucia - Consejeria de Medio Ambiente y Ordenacion del Territorio

A WILDFIRE in San Roque, which started late at night on Sunday July 19, was still burning on Monday morning having destroyed around 100 hectares so far. Fire authorities are working to get the fire under control and reports from Emergency personnel on social media indicate that they are gaining the upper hand.
However, a local environmentalist group believe it was started intentionally and on their Facebook page Guardia Civil are urging people to come forward with any information about the fire.
By 11am on Monday July 20, six specialist groups were attending to it, including eight aerial firefighters and four fire engines, supported by 50 ground personnel, according to the official Twitter page of Plan INFOCA.
The fire is active at two different points between San Roque and Castellar in the Sierra del Arca, near La Alcaidesa, according to an ecologist group, Verdemar Ecologistas en Accion, who believe it may have been started intentionally. The group argue that the fact that it was burning at two different points simultaneously and that there have been repeated fires in the area in recent years, all starting near or next to individual homes, makes the cause of the fire suspicious.


  1. In Spain its the oldest trick in the book used by developers. If they want to build on a patch of woodland then just set fire to it one night.
    It leaves them with more chance of buying the land and developing it with houses etc.
    Half or more of the forest fires in Spain are started deliberately for financial gain.


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