A 43-year-old British man has been charged with negligence following a fire in the Cerro de Cancharalles area west of Nerja last month.  The fire was reported to the emergency services at 1.30pm on May 20 and was tackled by 11 fire trucks and a support helicopter.

The blaze, which was stabilised within an hour and brought under control by 8.00pm, is reported to have been started by a bonfire of garden rubbish.  High winds on the day fanned the flames and led to it spreading to nearby ground.  Around two hectares were razed by the flames.

The same afternoon, fire broke out in the Valtocado park in Mijas and was tackled by 50 fire fighters.  According to local residents, the blaze began in a nearby ravine where it had been smouldering for two days after being ignited by sparks from a power line.

A number of residents were evacuated as a precaution and at least seven vehicles were burned out.  However, no casualties were reported.