Forest fire may have been started by manure
The Civil Guard is investigating a 73-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman who, apparently, caused a forest fire last August that affected 1.45 hectares of the upper area of San Miguel de Abona, in Tenerife, after “accumulating a significant amount of manure”.
It has not been specified whether the manure and debris was set alight or spontaneously combusted.
Both are residents of the town of San Miguel de Abona.
The events occurred on August 18th at 4.45pm when the forest fire started in the upper area of San Miguel de Abona, specifically between the Frontón, Vilaflor, and Montaña Colorada, called Barranco del Bucio , the Civil Guard said in a statement.
Various emergency perso-nnel, firefighting brigades, local police officers from different locations, a helicop-ter, motor pumps of the Brifor, as well as various units of the Civil Guard were displaced.
Some, 14,500 square metres (1.45 hectares) of ravine vegetation and some pines were affected.
The Civil Guard said the fire did not occur near population centres, so only two people had to be evicted, precisely the two investigated, who were in a tool room.
The origin of the fire, according to the Civil Guard, may be related to a significant accumulation of manure with plant debris in the area, without complying with the legal requirements for it.