Green shoots in Gata

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Green shoots in Gata

AUGUST FIRE: Gata’s 105-year-old eucalyptus was badly affected. 

GATA DE GORGOS’ enormous eucalyptus that was damaged by fire last month is already recovering.

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The tree was planted in 1915 by Dr Francisco Moratal, who later became Gata’s mayor, but although flames entered the trunk the charred section of the 30-metre high tree is already sprouting again.

This was almost certainly due to the firefighters who used a cherry-picker to douse the internal fire, municipal sources said afterwards.

The fire in the Rana area on the Gata-Javea road rekindled the following day, and was one of several that broke out at the same time in the MarinaAlta, leading Guardia Civil investigators to suspect arson.


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