Felix fires finally out

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BLAZE: The fire is estimated to have burned more than 150 hectares of forest. ©INFOCA

MASSIVE forest fires that began in the ravine Carcauz de Felix have finally been extinguished, with initial estimates stating that almost 150 hectares of land has been burnt.

More than 100 specialist firefighters, several helicopters and a water-carrying plane were involved in the battle to control the huge fire, which began in the early hours of Tuesday morning after allegedly being caused by a lightning strike.

Weather conditions in the region, which saw winds of up to 50 k/mph on Tuesday, caused efforts to be abandoned on Tuesday evening but forest fire prevention service INFOCA finally announced on Wednesday afternoon that the fire had been extinguished.

It has been initially thought that that up to 200 hectares of land, which reportedly mainly housed shrubland and reforested pine trees, had been affected by the blaze, but those estimates have now been reduced to 150 hectares.

Last year, there were more than 650 separate incidents involving forest fires in Andalucia, which reportedly saw more than 15,000 hectares of land destroyed.

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