At the end of August, a raging brush fire spread through the Spanish countryside, just a few miles inland from Mijas on the Costa del Sol. Comparisons can now be made with before and after photos.
Digital Journal reported on the fire, which sparked off in Cerro Alaminos in Coín and, due to a strong wind coming from the Sierra de Mijas, then affected Alhaurín el Grande, Coín and Mijas in Málaga province. The fire then spread as far as Marbella and the Sierra de Ojén.
In total, around 20 linear kilometers and more than 600 hectares of land were affected by the blaze. Thousands were affected by the fire, with two injured in hospital and regrettably one elderly person dead. Many homes were lost.
Having lived in a house in the La Atalaya area some years ago, and being able to revisit the area, the writer has a unique opportunity to give views of the worst affected area, both before and after the devastating fire, in the photos below.
It is to be hoped that there will be plentiful rain this winter, to help the countryside recuperate and the eco-system to revive. However, for those who lost everything to the fire, this will be only a small comfort.