La Nucia Fires 25th January 2009
These were photos taken from
our house as we were being
evacuated at 11.30am. The
Guardia Civil blocked the
roads so the Bomberos could
get to the fires. The pictures
to the right illustrate the
ferocity as the fires burned
through the night. The wind
was too fierce for the planes
to fly until the winds dropped
the next day. The report is
outlined below
Strong winds are fanning the flames of the fire, which started when an electricity pylon at El
Copet was blown over in the wind.

The strong winds on Saturday fanned the flames as a huge wildfire broke out in La Nucia,
Alicante.

Some 14,000 people in 25 different urbanisations have been evacuated from their homes in
La Nucía, Benidorm, Finestrat and Polop because of the fire which started at 0920 in the El
Copet area, according to the Mayor of La Nucia, Bernabé Cano, speaking to Europa Press.
They have been taken to local municipal facilities.

The Terra Natura and Terra Mítica theme parks in Benidorm hav also been evacuated as well
as the hotels in the Villaitana complex.


Firemen have set up firebreaks to stop the flames reaching a butane gas deposit and petrol
stations.
It’s thought that the collapse of a high tension pylon in the high wind was the cause of the
fire.
The fall of a pylon is thought to have started the blaze -


More than 500 firefighters are at the scene, aided by the Guardia Civil and Local Police, among
others. Air support has been unable to take part in fighting the blaze because of the very
strong winds. There are no reports of any injuries but the blaze remains out of control as
darkness falls. At least four homes are thought to have been lost.

Temperatures rose by ten degrees as the 100 km/hour winds in Alicante brought tropical
temperatures from the Canaries to replace the last week of low temperatures.
14,000 evacuated as
wild fire takes hold in
Alicante province
14,000 evacuated as
wild fire takes hold in
Alicante province
14,000 evacuated as
wild fire takes hold in
Alicante province
14,000 evacuated as
wild fire takes hold in
Alicante province
The view from Benidorm