Wordless Wednesday: Fire in the Campo

Fire in the campo, Competa, Spain

I can’t really post this photo without any words – so here’s just a few.

This was the scene very close to my home on Monday lunchtime.  Between the yellow fire-plane (you can see in the top-right corner of the photo), a helicopter and fire-fighters on the ground beating out the flames, the fire was brought under control and extinguished within about three hours.

A stark reminder of how dry the countryside is at this time of year – and how careful we all need to be.



41 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Fire in the Campo

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  2. After last summer’s Ojen/Marbella fire [in which our friends at La Mairena had their house damaged] we get twitchy at the slightest whiff of smoke. Glad to hear everything is okay with you.

  3. My goodness! I am travelling at the moment in the interior of our province and here it is bone dry: a tinder box really. So pleased that the fire was so quickly extinguished.

    • Yes, it was an incredibly long three hours. I’m sure the local fire engine was there reasonably quickly, but the plane and helicopter come from Malaga (I believe), and due to huge bush fires on the Spanish island of Majorca at the moment, resources are severely stretched.

      Of course, another problem is access to water. I watched the helicopter repeatedly lowering his bucket into local water deposits and swimming pools rather than have to keep flying down to the Mediterranean Sea. It was amazing, Amy!

  4. Well done to those firefighters. Having had a heatwave here in Ireland recently (Yay!) I can just imagine how tinder dry Spain is at this stage. Hopefully, fire prevention education is a huge part of every kids`life there. Though you`ll always find one or two idiots who`ll do something daft.
    I`m guessing your camera is the one thing you`ll take with you if you had to evacuate quickly?

    • Around here, no fires are allowed between May and October (without a licence), but of course, people still want to smoke or have BBQs. I’ve no idea how this fire started – but yes, only one idiot is needed.

      Well, I guess my camera does tend to come everywhere with me …..

    • Funnily enough, I just found a local fire watch group on FB only a couple of weeks ago, so when I saw this fire – after calling 112, I posted in the FB group. It’s good to be able to look out for one another.

  5. Frightening. We have bushfires like that in Australia. Makes you think about what you’d grab if you had to get out quick.

    • Yes, indeed you do. We were in Australia a few years ago when there were all those deaths in Victoria through bush fires.

      Of course, there is a total fire ban during the hot summer months, but somehow, these terrible fires still start.

      Very frightening.

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