TWO men have been arrested for their part in the fire that ravaged the Loma de Gato – Barranco del Romeral hillside in Almuñécar.
The two men, from Motril and Castell de Ferro, were burning branches without a necessary permit and without due care or attention when the fire got out of hand.
By the time the fire was brought under control on October 6, almost 30 hectares went up in flames, causing widespread damage to land and wildlife.
The fire also led to the evacuation of five cortijos and utilised up to 70 fire fighting personnel eight including aircraft and helicopters to stem the blaze.
The environmental department of the Guardia Civil (Seprona) began an investigation and found the apparent starting points of the fire and identified the land it belonged to.
Eye witnesses also confirmed that the accused were in their property at the time of the fire.
The Guardia Civil quickly apprehended the pair and charged them with the crime of negligence for not adhering to the current fire ban that remains on until next week.