Checking the aftermath of the Malaga / Marbella Fires.
Ian Phillips and I went for a drive around a loop following the coastal motorway from Malaga to the edge of Marbella and then north past Ojen and around west via Monda, Coin and then down to the top of Sierra Mijas to look at which areas had been devastated by the horrendous fires of the previous week. We could seen no signs of any damage as we drove along the coast and this stayed the same until we reached Ojen on the road north, here the hillsides to the east of the town were totally burnt off and there had also been a sizable fire just to the south which jumped the road and continued on west for a short distance. We then drove along the northern edge of the area but could see very little from the road or at any of the special wildlife sites we called at on the way. We then reach Coin and took the road down towards Mijas, this was the area we had thought would show the worstdamage and when we looked off to the west from one of the ridges we could see totally scorched hill sides but the areas of pine woods we had thought had been burnt (from the maps and information in the papers) had remained untouched.
Photographs from the top: Two shots of distant hillside destroyed by the fires.