CALPE RAVINE BURNS
10 villas evacuated as flames on Canuta ravine draw near
A FIRE in a mountain ravine in Calpe forced the closure of the N-332 road and led to the evacuation of 10 villas on Monday.
Flames devoured five hectares of pine trees, undergrowth and almond and olive crops.
The blaze broke out at 16.00 in Canuta ravine, which leads down to Puerto Blanco.
According to reports, the fire destroyed the hedge along the municipal cemetery and reached a house, also burning the privet.
Residents reported that thy attempted to extinguish the flames with hoses before they were evacuated by the Guardia Civil and the fire department.
The walls surrounding other properties in the Canuta area were blackened by the smoke, which was so intense it forced the temporary closure of the N- 332.
In addition, the fire left Calpe town centre without electricity for several hours after the flames reached a high-voltage tower
The fire is said to have started at an abandoned and ruinous house located next to the road to Puerto Blanco.
Several witnesses claim the fire started at three different points - although experts suggest that the strong winds could have caused the flames to 'jump' and catch in several parts.
One resident declared that they had been 'lucky' that the wind carried the flames down the ravine and not towards the houses.
A neighbour called the emergency services, with fire-fighters from Dénia and Benidorm, forest brigades, Protección Civil, Local Police and Guardia Civil officers rushing to the scene.
Four helicopters and two planes performed aerial extinction duties while dozens of curious. onlookers crowded round Borumbot beach to take photographs of the fire.
The beach between Borumbot and Puerto Blanco was closed to bathers while the helicopters loaded up on water.