Worst forest fire in Mallorca so far this year

Worst forest fire in Mallorca so far this year

MALLORCA has been hit with its worst forest fire so far this year after a lightning strike caused a blaze that destroyed 40 hectares in Cala Tuent, Escorca.

Firefighters from the Intitut Balear de la Natura (Ibanat) and the Bombers de Mallorca battled the flames by air and on the ground, throughout Monday night.

The fire was brought under control but flared up again when strong winds sprang up and fanned them back into life this morning. (Tuesday July 9).

Three planes and two helicopters, three fire engines and 25 people were mobilised to stop the blaze spreading.

While tackling this fire, a surveillance plane spotted another flare up in Formentor. An airplane, two helicopters and 19 ground personnel were sent to fight the second blaze.

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