Monday, 30 May 2011

Ibiza fire stabilized after four days

IBIZA (Agencies) The brush fire that broke out last Wednesday at the Serra de Morna, in the municipality of Sant Joan de Labritja, was declared 'stabilized' yesterday, though it would take 'a few hours or days' to be completely under control, ac cording to Pilar Costa, acting Councillor for the Interior of the Balearics. The 50 year old man accused of starting the fire is still in prison without bail, facing between 7.5 to 10 years in prison. An amateur bee keeper, he was allegedly smoking out one of his hives when a piece of coal fell onto the ground, thus starting a fire that rapidly consumed close to 1000 hectares of forest and needed Army units as well as 5 helicopters, 1 Canadair hydroplane , 2 air tractors y 1 coordination airplane, plus fire untits from other parts of the islands, as well as Valencia and Barcelona.

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