Palma.—Fire fighters had been able to enjoy some 36 hours of rest since the last spate of forest fires, but they were back in action yesterday with at least two fresh fires breaking out on the island.

Cala Fornells
The first broke out in a pine forest near Cala Fornells in Calvia yesterday morning and due to its proximity to residential areas and the popular beach, two helicopters, a spotter plane and a water bomber attacked the flames from the air while on the ground, two brigades of fire fighters from Santa Ponsa and Soller battled the blaze.

By 3.50pm, fire fighters declared that the fire was stable and by 5.15pm, that it was under control.
However, at 6pm last night, fire fighters were still at the scene trying to extinguish the flames.
Elsewhere on the island, yet another wild fire broke out in Capdepera which was only hit by a massive blaze which destroyed 13 hectares of wood and scrub last weekend.

Leaving nothing to chance on the final day of this latest heat wave and the hot, African winds blowing in from the south, two water bomber aircraft were deployed to the scene along with two helicopters while one brigade of fire fighters with support from units from the Forestry Commission tackled the flames on the ground.

Through the night
The Capdepera blaze broke out just before 6pm and fire fighters were expecting to be on site well into the evening and, if necessary throughout the night when the aircraft are unable to fly.

An investigation is already underway in to the Capdepera fire which broke out last Sunday because the authorities are convinced it was started intentionally and any one caught for arson is going to face severe punishments, the government has warned.

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