FIRE crews tackled a forest blaze next to the AP-7 motorway in the north of Alicante Province.

The fire broke out at around 3.20 pm on Wednesday in the Canal de Derre area of the Benissa municipality close to the Mascarat Tunnel.

A vast amount of smoke billowed out in the area including the AP-7.

Fire crews from Benissa, Benidorm, and Denia attended the scene backed up by forest firefighting teams.

Helicopters and air planes were also involved in the operation for a time.

There were concerns that the blaze could spread to Calpe’s Serra d’Olta, an area of great natural and scenic value.

Fortunately by 5.30 pm, it was reported that the fire had been stabilised.


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